Lens makes the pass of three. After the short victories against Montpellier (1-0), then Marseille (0-1), the Lensois won this Friday against Toulouse (3-0). Loïs Openda, who started on the bench, scored a hat-trick in a sold-out Bollaert stadium. Earlier in the game, Seko Fofana missed a penalty (49th).
The game: 3-0
The Lensois took the game by the right end. From the start of the match, after an 80-meter counter, Seko Fofana missed the easiest. Faced with the goal of Maxime Dupé, the Ivorian missed his outside foot (12th). The rest of the first half was rather messy, with no real chances for either team. The fault in particular of two big Lensois returns, the first of Machado in front of Dejaegere (28th), the second of Gradit in front of Aboukhlal (34th).
The light came after the break, from the entrants. After the penalty missed by Seko Fofana, Franck Haise made his first changes. Florian Sotoca, who was not a starter for the first time in 26 games, and especially Loïs Openda entered the lawn (56th). The first dropped a cross on the head of the second, who only had to push his head into the empty goal to score his first goal of the evening (61st).
The Belgian doubled the bet by taking the best of Anthony Rouault (87th). Served by Alexis Claude-Maurice, who also came into play and already a decisive passer on the second goal, Openda scored his first career hat-trick and made Bollaert’s 38,000 spectators exult, sold out for the 14th consecutive time.
Player: Lois Openda
He had remained silent in the last six matches. In difficulty in front of goal but also in the game in recent weeks, Loïs Openda was a substitute at the start of the match. And the striker responded in the best possible way. A hat-trick, the first for the 22-year-old, which allows his family to consolidate their place as dolphin.