Lens: correspondence notes

A history of sanctions. Here’s how to summarize this 116th Northern derby this Sunday, between LOSC Lille and RC Lens, at the end of the 10th day of Ligue 1. In this small game, it was the Dogues who retired from the match against Piere Mauroy at the expense of Blood and Gold (1-0), at the end of a long soporific derby before running a little more in the second half. However, François Letexier’s two most important whistles occurred during the first act. Mowed by Fonte in the Dogues area, Machado immediately gets the first penalty of the evening. But Sotoca did not support his attempt enough and Chevalier, decisive in this shock, rejected it without too much difficulty (16th). Shortly before returning to the locker room, it is Haidara’s turn to commit the irreparable by surrounding André in his area.

What’s after this announcement

Except that David did not tremble by converting this penalty and thus offering the victory to the men of Paulo Fonseca, who had made only one change (André Gomes in place of Martin) in his 4-2-3-1 defeat in Lorient the previous weekend . Before that, apart from a too-big strike by the Canadian (26th), there wasn’t much to get your teeth into. The second act was different, the Lensois wished to extend their invincibility streak in L1 (17) against the hungry Dogues and determined to keep their lead. But neither Ounas (47th) and Weah (90th + 4) of the LOSC, nor Fofana (60th), Claude-Maurice (70th) and Openda (71st) were able to change the score on the scoreboard. Especially the fault of an inspired Samba and Knight. Thanks to their 5th success of the season, Lille climb to 7th place in the standings and return to less than 5 points behind their opponents in the evening. After OM and Lens’ first defeat in the same weekend, PSG remains the only team still undefeated in Ligue 1.

Match ratings

man of the match : Knight (8): heroic in front of Sotoca (16th), the young goalkeeper trained in Lille plays his first derby. An appointment that he did not miss, demonstrating authority in his penalty area, especially on his aerial holds. Author of an extraordinary save on an attempt by Claude-Maurice (70th), he is our Man of the Match.


  • Knight (8) : see just above.

  • Diacity (4.5) : not necessarily serene in everything he has undertaken, the Lille right had difficulties against the young Da Costa. Dominated regularly in duels (only one out of five contested), he was far less prominent than his partner, Ismaily, as evidenced by the low number of balls he had to negotiate (38).

  • Cast iron (4.5) : Caught behind him and forced to take the penalty a quarter of an hour into the game, the Lille veteran delivered a mixed performance. Annoyed by the weight carried by Loïs Openda, he was less imperial than usual, certainly held back by the yellow card received for his fault at the origin of Lensois’s penalty.

  • Djalo (6.5) : in a word: soldier. In the first place from the dramatic character given by his imposing cranial bandage following an elbow received in the first period; then with his good defensive activity, present on the right as well as on the left, compensating for possible defensive omissions, he provided a solid performance, characterized by a remarkable precision in passing (100% success).

  • Ismaili (6) : with a more advanced zone of action than his counterpart on the right, the Brazilian has used his experience and his physical qualities to try to close his left wing. Losing relatively few balls, he also carried out several life-saving retaliations at the feet of his opponents, alleviating a shaken Hound defensive sector during the first period.

  • Andrea (6)Still just as important in the low end of Lille’s midfield, Benjamin André, as usual, showed the necessary aggression, but sometimes too impetuous, like the yellow card he received before half-time (39th). The kind of player every manager would like to have in a derby. Decisive for the provocation of the penalty that led to the opening score of the Mastiffs (43 °), he showed an exemplary solidity in the duels (12 won out of 15).

  • André Gomes (6.5) : Warned after several consecutive fouls, the midfielder on loan from Everton nevertheless showed good technical quality and a certain vision of the game to broadcast and organize the Lille match. Even scratched several balls at the opponent’s feet, the Portuguese offered a convincing performance in this Northern derby. Replaced by Carlos Baleba (73rd) who distinguished himself in the few minutes allotted to him.

  • Unas (6) : involving in particular the artesian goalkeeper from the beginning of the second act (47th), the Algerian played on his technical superiority and on his percussion to undermine the left flank of Lens, and more particularly Facundo Medina. In the second period the former Napoli also becomes the architect of the game in a more central role.

  • Angel gomes (6) : Initially positioned under Jonathan David, the English did not hesitate to move into space to bring presence to the construction of his team’s game. And if he didn’t touch a large number of balls, he managed to improve them perfectly, notably by delivering three key passes that brought opportunities to his team. Replaced by Jonas Martin (85th).

  • Bamba (5.5) : relatively intact during the first act, he tried to combine with his center forward, playing on his quality of speed to try to take back his direct opponents. Attempting a deflection game to speed up the game, he tried to strike from a distance (69th) before almost being the decisive pass for Jonathan David (71st). Replaced by Timothy Weah (73rd).

  • David (6.5) : lonely at the forefront of Lille’s attack, the Canadian international tried to counter the relaunch of the opposing centers. Trying his luck despite a shot that was too crushed and easily caught by Brice Samba (26th), he didn’t tremble to fool the goalkeeper from the spot (44th). A game that we imagine frustrating from a footballing point of view, but which stands out for his bellicose attitude.

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  • Samba (6.5): can only touch David’s penalty, perfectly placed (44th). And if Chevalier stole the show this Sunday evening, the Artesian goalkeeper was perfectly up to par and saved his team multiple times with four decisive saves, including a spectacular title ahead of Gomes (72nd).

  • Machado (5): defensively he fought a bit and went on in duels (6 lost). But he got better as the game progressed, where he showed more aggression. In attack he was more present than his right counterpart and got the penalty, missed by Sotoca. Replaced by Boura (76th)

  • Dance (5): in a renewed and benchmarkless defense, the Austrian was the most reassuring tonight. Effective against LOSC forwards, he was solid and countered five dangerous balls and exfiltrated many balls (1 interception, 13 balls recovered).

  • Medina (4): an alignment at times dubious that almost costs a lot, with David (26th) and faces the blazing Ounas, after the break (68th). The Argentine national team struggled to contain Ounas and Diakité. The warning received quickly did not help (36 °).

  • Haidara (3): Gradit Absent, Haïdara had the heavy duty of making his mark quickly within the three-man defense. But the defender struggled with the placement, especially in the first half. Late on André, he commits a penalty and gives David the advantage. A complicated game for him. Replaced by Buksa (77th).

  • Cabot (4.5): excellent return to report (41st), but some difficulties in the duel in front of Bamba and David. In attack, he tried to move forward and find space in his lane, but he was only able to cross once and without success. Replaced by Frankowski (61st)which quickly brought more danger in an offensive way.

  • Fofana (5.5): the RC Lens captain went to great lengths to avoid defeat. If he was shy in the first half, he was much more interesting after the break and made a lot of effort to break through the opponent’s block, in vain. But despite his talent, he still joined a better organized Lille and couldn’t make a difference, despite two long-range shots not far from the frame.

  • Abdul Samed (5): a difficult match against a Lille midfielder who was everywhere, recovering and recovering. But the ex-Clermontois was efficient and prevented the transmission to the opponent’s attack (5 steals).

  • Sotoca (3): frustrating match for the artesian striker. In a complicated match where his team was hit, he had the opportunity to make a difference on a penalty obtained immediately, but he clashed with Chevalier, author of a nice relaxation on his line (16th). After that, he only had one shot to get out of the 26 balls he touched. Replaced by Claude-Maurice (68th)that could have made the difference to his first ball (71st).

  • Pereira da Costa (5): interesting overflows in the first period and a total of three cross attempts. The Portuguese tried to create danger, but was well gagged by the Lille defense. He was the most dangerous Sang et Or striker tonight, but he is capable of doing much better, like his fellow attackers. Replaced by Saïd (61st)

  • Open (4): like the Lensoise attack, it fell this Sunday. The Belgian didn’t have the same impact as usual and couldn’t do much against the Dogues wall. He could only shoot three times, but only found Chevalier’s frame once (18th) and only touched 22 balls.

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