Ligue 1: after a lively match, Lens concedes a draw against Angers

No winner between Racing Club de Lens and SCO d’Angers (2-2) at the start of this fifteenth day of Ligue 1. Pushed at first and led at the break, the Lensois, under the leadership of Seko Fofana, metamorphosed in the second act to change the course of the match. But, with a head, Romain Thomas finally allowed his team to win the draw in a spectacular meeting.

At the opening of the fifteenth day of Ligue 1, the Racing Club de Lens (4th, 24 pts) received the SCO d’Angers (6th, 21 pts), this Friday at 9 p.m., for a top-of-the-table duel. At the Stade Félix Bollaert-Delélis, Franck Haise’s men wanted to recover from the humiliation experienced last Sunday. Falling from high on the lawn of Brest (0-4), the Sang et Or gave up their place on the podium and had the ambition to revive against the Angevins, pointing only to three units. Bluffing since the start of the season, the Scoïstes (5 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses) also remained on two matches without defeat against Lille (1-1) then against Lorient (1-0). For this meeting, Gérald Baticle could count on Fulgini’s return from suspension and therefore opted for a 3-5-2 where Petkovic again replaced Bernardoni in the Angevin goals. Opposite, the northern club presented itself in its usual 3-4-1-2 with the return of Sotoca in the starting XI. Note also the absence of Kalimuendo, suspended.

Under the fervor of the Lensois chants descending from the spans of Bollaert, the Lensois gradually took control of the game despite the sharp start of the Angevins. Launched in depth, Sotoca also provided the first thrill of the evening but Petkovic, at the limit of his surface, went out to meet him to ward off the danger (9th). A very intense start to the meeting where the two formations did not hesitate to engage offensively but where technical waste and approximations prevented the 22 players from being truly dangerous. Over the minutes, the Angevins grew bolder and Fulgini, at the conclusion of a superb collective movement, armed a powerful strike which ended its race in the small net of Leca (20th). But the Blood and Gold reacted quickly and Kakuta, in full surface, in turn found the small net of the Angevin porter (26th). While the meeting lost a bit of rhythm, the Scoïstes would finally strike just before the break. After a magnificent work of percussion, Ounahi launched Boufal perfectly in depth … Faced with Leca and despite a slightly deflected ball, the Angevin striker did not shake and opened the scoring with a small dive (0-1, 40 ‘). Marked by the scars of the slap received in Brest (0-4) and facing valiant Angevins (7 shots to 2), the Northerners were led to the break (0-1).

Danijel Petkovic preserves the draw!

On returning from the locker room, Franck Haise decided to bring in Haïdara instead of Medina, who was in difficulty against Cho. And the choice of an artesian coach would quickly pay off. On the left, the new entrant managed to make the difference before addressing a center bound for Kakuta. Perfectly balanced, the number 10 of the RCL resumed the offering of a superb half-volley from the left which deceived Petkovic (1-1, 48th). Carried by this equalization, the Lensois continued their march forward and ended up completely reversing the course of this meeting. At the limit of offside, Frankowski centered in the direction of Sotoca who cut the trajectory of the ball, at the near post, to leave Petkovic in place (2-1, 55 ‘). Completely transformed, the Lensois were even very close to the break when the inevitable Sotoca saw his head flirt with the Angevin upright (69th). A missed opportunity that the Northerners would also regret. In the continuity, Thomas took advantage of a precise cross from Fulgini to catapult the ball into the Lensois goal and allow his family to return to this pleasant duel (2-2, 71st).

In the last moments of this meeting, more open than ever, the opportunities multiplied on both sides but the pace would eventually drop slightly in intensity, especially after the various changes made by the two technicians. Despite a last exceptional stop by Petkovic on a strike from Fofana (90 + 3rd), the score did not change. In this animated opposition from the top of the table, Lens and Angers therefore separated in a draw (2-2). With this point taken, the Lensois remain fourth and miss the opportunity to seize the place of dolphin of PSG, still occupied by OGC Nice. For its part, Angers remains sixth in Ligue 1.

The complete classification of Ligue 1

The scorers classification

The classification of smugglers

The official line-ups at the kick-off

The XI of RC Lens

🔥 Here are the Blood and Gold which will begin in front of the @AngersSCO ! A 1⃣1⃣ marked by the return of Florian Sotoca in the Lens attack.#SiFierDEtreLensois #RCLSCO

– Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) November 26, 2021

The XI of the Angers SCO


– Angers SCO (@AngersSCO) November 26, 2021

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