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Lille brings Lens back to earth

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 19, 2020
Even under current conditions, a derby remains a derby. In their long history, Lille and Lens have not often swam in the same waters, but the two neighbors met this Sunday with the objective of taking control of Ligue 1, as if to spice up this poster distorted by the health crisis. The problem is, there was no match. The suspense was quickly extinguished by a Lille formation sure of its qualities, and leader of the championship this Sunday evening.

Lille recited its scales

It didn’t take long to see LOSC unblock the situation. From the eleventh minute of play, Yilmaz took advantage of a scramble in the area after an off-center free kick to score with an unstoppable header (1-0, 11th). Christophe Galtier’s men played on their strengths: realism on the stopped phases therefore, but also a real ability to project on quick attacks, with good complicity between the four attackers. Applied and involved, the Mastiffs could have doubled the stake in a first one-sided period but Araujo lacked promptness or efficiency (28th, 44th).

Upon returning from the locker room, the matter was quickly settled. Jonathan Bamba did not tremble to make the break by exploiting a center from Celik (2-0, 48th). A few minutes later, Gradit, by illegally stopping Yilmaz who was leaving on goal, left his teammates at ten. In this configuration, Lille was able to recite its ranges. Jonathan Ikoné, served by his friend Bamba, achieved a magnificent control-hook-strike sequence for Lille’s third goal (3-0, 69th). The Sang et Or, who already had their heads under water, ended up sinking by finishing this meeting at nine after a new expulsion, from Michelin this time, for a gross foul on Bamba (75th). Yazici added a fourth goal with a low shot in the window after a service from the untenable Bamba (4-0, 79th).

Well oiled, balanced and compact, this Lille team has confirmed that it will still be a very credible outsider this season.. It has this Sunday evening two points ahead of the great Paris Saint-Germain. For his part, the promoted Lensois remains in the top 5 despite this stoppage.