The hugs are frank and the smiles omnipresent, Sunday, September 26, when applauding the troop of Lensois supporters who came to Marseille to support his team.
However, neither excitement nor extreme joy emanates from this group. Only the feeling of a job well done. At the end of a match with very great intensity, RC Lens has however just beaten Olympique de Marseille (3-2) and taken the place of his evening opponent as runner-up to PSG. A trajectory as unexpected as it is controlled.
Already last season, for its return to Ligue 1 after four years in the lower division, the Sang et Or club had impressed. A 7th place and above all a well-identified style of play set up by Franck Haise. Movement and lightning attacks without forgetting a rare intensity in L1.
Guided by old champions of the championship like Jean-Louis Leca or Yannick Cahuzac and Gaël Kakuta, the young people, like Arnaud Kalimuendo, Facundo Medina or now Christopher Maurice Wooh, were able to shine. Without forgetting a Florian Sotoca, always so precious on the front of the attack, from the top of his 30 years and more accustomed to the contests of Ligue 2.
2 – Marseille-Lens is the 1st Ligue 1 match of the season where 2 penalties are scored in the 1st period, while only Reims-Montpellier (5 on August 15) resulted in more goals in the first 45 minutes of a meeting in L1 2021/22. Cloth. #OMRCL pic.twitter.com/rfHh1D9ir0
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And if it was time for discovery last season, the Lensois have decided to step up this year. Faced with one of the most exciting teams in the championship and its South American armada, the Northerners applied the same method as usual. Permanent movement and some well-felt supersonic counters.
Jorge Sampaoli, and his permanent imbalance, paid the price quickly in the first period with two goals conceded quickly before recovering thanks to the genius of Payet on a free kick, first, then on a penalty. But it is ultimately Wesley Saïd who won the fold and also the victory over a new well-felt action. Lens is PSG runner-up and that only asks to continue.