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RC Lens will not be European. But the way he still went to snatch the tie (2-2), this Saturday afternoon, in extra time, from a fast Monaco to punish the slightest mistake against an incandescent Bollaert, all with devotion, is worth a lot.
There it is finished. It’s cruel, but it was beautiful. Crazy, even, once again. This Saturday, RC Lens scored again after added time (2-2, 90+6). With a poorly cleared free kick, Ignatius Ganago blew up the Bollaert Stadium. Lens will not play the European Cup next season. Nice’s victory in Reims softens the regrets a bit.
Like having left Monaco K.-O. as struck down, depriving him of second place and the direct ticket to the Champions League. Lens finished seventh, but regardless, this ranking is not really related to what he showed in the game and the emotions he conveyed.
His public thanked him at length with the final whistle. East ” All together, hey! » shared with the players said everything about a communion that lasted the entire season. These supporters also know how to pay tribute.
Yannick Cahuzac, entered in the 89th minute, was entitled to a start worthy of his commitment. A monstrous clamor had already accompanied the return of the captain to the locker room, a quarter of an hour before the start of the match, while his family and loved ones, including Jean-Louis Leca, and his substitutes reserved a guard for him. honor.
Everything was ready for a great evening between the two best teams at the end of the season. The chances of qualifying were slim; The Lensois, however, had no intention of letting a crumb pass, they delivered a great game. Its start full of rhythm and intensity testifies to this.
They did not leave the ball to Monaco, they pushed hard, they multiplied their shots (11, including four on goal in the first 22 minutes alone). It was necessary for a leg, the one released by Alexander Nübel, the Monegasque goalkeeper in extremis to deflect Seko Fofana’s shot after a double with David Pereira da Costa (21st).
Finally it was Przemyslaw Frankowski who confirmed the dominance of Racing (1-0, 30th). Lurking in the area, the Polish piston took advantage of a cross from Jonathan Clauss, repelled by Nübel, with the help of Ruben Aguilar’s crossbar and back.
Two minutes later, with Nice and Strasbourg behind, the planets aligned. The joy did not last. Taking a corner from Aleksandr Golovin in two stages, Benoît Badiashile conditioned Bollaert (1-1, 35th). The only shot on goal for the ASM in this first half in which he suffered a lot… But he had the gift of encouraging the Monegasques, who came back with a more muscular game, and with more chances too.
On two occasions, Wuilker Farinez had to work, in front of Youssouf Fofana (50th), then to hit a header from Aurélien Tchouaméni (60th). Facundo Medina, then Kevin Danso also went to rescue them. Neither could do anything, however, to prevent Wissam Ben Yedder from heading into the far post at the end of a counterattack (1-2, 62nd).
Lens didn’t give up, however, it’s not in his DNA. David Pereira da Costa and Florian Sotoca (twice) had tried their luck, but again it was Seko Fofana who offered himself the best chance (70th), again repelled by an imposing Nübel (8 saves). Racing then surrounded the Monegasque goal. True to his values, to himself. He has a lot to be proud of.
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