OGC Nice falls heavily in Lens and moves away from the podium


After the traditional multiplex on Sunday afternoon, RC Lens welcomed OGC Nice in a very nice atmosphere at Bollaert for one of the shocks of the 31st day of Ligue 1. A great duel in perspective between the Sang et Or, 10th before the meeting, and Les Aiglons 5th, five points from the podium. The drop in the ranking of the Gym was explained by a series of three matches without the slightest victory in the league (2 draws, 1 loss), while the northern club experienced an irregular dynamic (2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses). To get back into the race for Europe, Franck Haise preferred to leave Clauss on the bench for Frankowski, while Christophe Galtier trusted Guessand by attacking alongside Delort and Gouiri.

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The Niçois put pressure on the Lensoise defense from the first minute of play through Gouiri, defeated by Jean-Louis Leca (1st). The former Lyonnais was then imitated by his friends in attack, Delort (11th, 14th) and Guessand (12th) but did not know more success than number 11. Then followed a big clash between Atal and Haïdara, who earned the latter a direct red card (17th), leaving his teammates at 10 for more than an hour. This numerical inferiority led to greater domination by the Aiglons, who multiplied the chances without being fair in the last gesture thanks to a very good Leca (22nd, 27th, 43rd). Except for a few unsuccessful counterattacks from the locals and a barely too short Kluivert at the far post (45th), the two teams joined the corridors of Bollaert-Delelis with a goalless draw.

Reinvigorated Lensois

Back from the locker room, RC Lens tried to surprise their afternoon opponent thanks to newcomer Kalimuendo, who found himself in the box against Benitez but the Parisian sent his shot over the goals of the Franco-Argentinian ( 46th). And over the minutes, Franck Haise’s men did not want to suffer in the game and made it known, not hesitating to put their foot on the ball and quickly attack to jostle a sleeping Nice rearguard at the start of the second. period. These efforts paid off as Kalimuendo achieved a fine collective movement from the left and shook the nets at the far post (1-0, 51st). In confidence, Lens doubled the bet four minutes later through Doucouré, quiet to adjust his coiled 25 meters (2-0, 55th). Nothing was going well for Nice: two goals conceded followed by the expulsion of Lemina after two yellow cards (50th, 57th).

Kalimuendo made things worse after a superb call-against-call before dribbling Benitez, out of his goals, and pushing the ball into the empty net (3-0, 67th). The best defense in the championship seemed lost, always behind on deep calls, a defect from which the attacker on loan from PSG benefited. The latter regained confidence with this double, after six games in a row without a single goal. Seeing his team in great difficulty, Galtier decided to bring in new blood with the entries of Thuram, Stengs and Brahimi. The Azureans chained the crosses to solicit Delort and Guessand, but Leca was reassuring with each of his aerial outings, before throwing himself heroically at the feet of a Lotomba in legs since his entry into play (88th). After a second red scooped by captain Dante, RC Lens won in front of their home crowd and gained two places in the standings, to come back to within four points of their opponent of the day. OGC Nice remains stuck in 5th place and could see the podium slip away.


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