Lille – Lens: LOSC win the derby and inflict the first defeat of the season on Racing

Double blow for the Mastiffs at the end of matchday 10 of Ligue 1. Not content with winning the derby against Lens, LOSC put an end to the impressive six-month streak of invincibility of the league neighbor. The Mastiffs, far from having reached the match of the century, relied on a penalty converted by Jonathan David just before the interval to win by the smallest margin (1-0). They can also thank Lucas Chevalier, goalkeeper who made a name for himself in this poster with two decisive saves. Notably he released a Florian Sotoca penalty shot.

The Sang et Or showed up on the Lille lawn in the costumes of their favorites, strong in their current form. This 2022/2023 season will remember being stopped in their tracks by Mastini united, impeccable in defense and opportunistic in attack. However, everything could turn in their favor when Florian Sotoca appeared in front of Lucas Chevalier to take a penalty awarded by José Fonte. Except that the shot is a bit too soft to fool a goalkeeper who started from the right (16th). There was inevitably a small success, but it takes some in a bitterly contested derby, constantly interrupted by whistles following fouls.

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Lens will surely be to blame for his flawless first bout in the mood, marked by the urge to press high to not let go of the opponent. An approach that, unfortunately for him, was not followed by a murderous instinct in the last 30 yards. On the contrary, Lille did not spoil. In this case, Jonathan David put in an unstoppable penalty shot by Benjamin André from a corner kick (1-0, 44 minutes). The timing was also ideal for a LOSC team that struggled for long minutes but held out.

Jonathan David (Lille) converted his penalty against Brice Samba and RC Lens during the derby

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However, we expected a better reaction from Lensois when he returned from the locker room. Quite the opposite happened: galvanized by their goal and carried by a twirling Adam Ounas, the Lille residents didn’t go far from taking the break. Brice Samba, in fact, lengthened the suspense revealing itself decisive in certain hot situations (47th, 72nd).

The most beautiful save of the match is however to be attributed to Chevalier, who dives, with the opposite hand, on a shot towards the skylight signed Alexis Claude-Maurice (70th). Proof that LOSC hasn’t learned much in this part. Anyway, a derby is won and to hell with it. In the standings above all, a major setback for Lens, who could return within two points of PSG, when Lille remain seven points from the podium.

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