Lens overthrows Clermont and will pass the truce in second place

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Lens overthrows Clermont and will pass the truce in second place

The game: 2-1

With six victories (and a defeat in the derby) in the last seven matches, Lens largely deserves its place as runner-up, consolidated this Saturday after its victory against Clermont (2-1). By chaining their fifth success in a row, Franck Haise’s men, who were trailing at half-time, also confirmed their status as serious contenders for direct qualification for the next edition of the Champions League. After fifteen days, the Northerners are second and it is absolutely no coincidence. They demonstrated it again this afternoon at the end of a match that they finally mastered.

The Lensois came close to opening the scoring after just 24 seconds against CF63, but Wesley Saïd’s header, found by Przemyslaw Frankowski, fled the frame. The answer was not long in coming by Matheus Wieteska, whose header, following a corner from Saîf-Eddine Khaoui, was pushed back by the firm hand of Brice Samba (4th). Saïd (8th, 15th) but also Frankowski (20th, 24th) and Pereira Da Costa (33rd) had the opportunity to put Lens in front of the scoreboard. However, it was the Auvergnats who scored first.


Clermont Foot has not won any of its last five matches (2 losses, 3 draws). The last success of the Auvergnats dates back to October 9 against Auxerre (2-1).

After a first lob attempt from Khaoui (24′), Kyei also took his chance from a distance but saw his shot come out par Samba (37′). Pascal Gastien’s players found the fault on the next corner struck by Khaoui, slightly deflected with a header by Kyei before the ball bounced off the unfortunate Salis Abdul Samed who therefore scored against his camp… in favor of his former team (38th, 1-0).

After a new attempt by Saïd (43rd) then Seko Fofana (45th) not on target, the Clermontois entered the locker room with a goal lead and Lens led for the first time this season at Bollaert-Delelis. “We had a very good first, we created chances but we did not materialize them, regretted the Lensois captain at the break, at the microphone of Prime Video. If we give ourselves the means, there will be no problem to turn the game around”, he assured, confident.

The Lensois environment had seen well. Resuming their domination, the Lensois managed to equalize thanks to Saïd on receiving a center from Sotoca (60th). Fofana then took charge of putting his team in front by slipping the ball between Diaw’s legs after receiving the ball from Gradit (69th, 2-1). “It’s another great victory, deserved, it’s nice”said Sotoca before going to celebrate this success with his supporters.

The player: Saïd, the Lensois patient

Wesley Saïd could have been discouraged given his many failed attempts, especially in the first period. After being noticed from the 24th second with a header off target, he had several other opportunities to shine but narrowly missed (8th, 15th, 43rd). After a strike blocked by Seidu (60th), the former Toulouse player ended up scoring following a cross from Sotoca (60th). His 5th achievement of the season, the second in a row after scoring at Angers last weekend. He gave up his place on the field to Lois Openda with, as a bonus, an ovation from the public (64th).


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