Lens snatch victory against Rennes

The RCL, which had not won for two months in the Championship (3 draws, 3 defeats), won thanks to a goal scored by former Rennais Wesley Saïd at the very end of the match (89th).

The Sang et Or, more dangerous than their evening opponents, found the fault after a fairly closed match between two of the best attacks in L1.

They grab two places and temporarily go back to 6th place in the standings, with 30 points. A real rebound in the race for qualifying places for the European cups.

Rennes, which remained on a bitter elimination on penalties in Nancy (L2) in the Coupe de France last weekend, chained a third defeat in a row in the league and stagnated in fourth place with 31 units on the clock, at a length of the third, Nice, which can take off if successful in Brest on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).

This meeting was less disrupted by contamination than several others during this 20th day of Ligue 1: Bordeaux played very diminished against OM while the Covid-19 caused the postponement of Lille-Lorient, Angers-Saint-Etienne and Montpellier-Troyes.

The match was played in pouring and uninterrupted rain, resulting in a rather disappointing first half between two well-established and cautious teams. In search of confidence, the Bretons took very few risks against Lensois volunteers but not always very precise.

Lens roi du “money-time”

The Artésiens however managed to create several chances but they did not manage to deceive the vigilance of the young goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar.

Thus, the Turk repelled Arnaud Kalimuendo’s first attempt, a pivot shot (11th), before blocking the strike from the striker on loan from Paris SG (42nd). Fofana, still very strong after a superb performance against Losc on Tuesday, saw Adrien Truffert narrowly divert his powerful shot (30th).

The Rennais, who often made the wrong choices in the last thirty meters, hardly ever worried Jean-Louis Leca, except on a cross from Gaëtan Laborde captured with difficulty by the Corsican (33rd).

After the break, the Bretons woke up a bit and began to approach the Lens surface. A goal from Laborde was rightly disallowed for offside (59′), then Jérémy Doku, who had just come on, produced a superb rush punctuated by a center back pushed back by the artesian defense (60′).

Less on the legs than in the first act, the Sang et Or struggled to get situations against the Rennes block. Corentin Jean, however, put Alemdar to work with a powerful long shot (78th).

But like Tuesday against Losc, where they came back to 2-2 in added time after being led 2-0 on the hour mark, the Lensois still made the difference in the + money-time +: after an overflow right side, Clauss centered in the area and Saïd took over without control to offer victory to his team (1-0, 89th).

Friday evening, Marseille had won (1-0) in Bordeaux, decimated by the cases of Covid, for the first time since 1977, thus regaining the place of runner-up to Paris SG with 36 points. The championship leader will close this 20th day on Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.) on the lawn of Lyon.

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Lens snatch victory against Rennes

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