Slapped in Brest last weekend (0-4), Lens could not resume its march forward since the RCL conceded the draw on its lawn against Angers (2-2). Franck Haise’s men, who have taken only seven points in the last six days, have been too irregular to hope to win.

Their first period was notably “average” (according to Sotoca), with only two shots (not very dangerous) against seven for their opponents. The Angevins also opened the scoring following a delicious action started and concluded by the Ounahi-Boufal tandem, well helped by Fulgini (40th). “We wanted to press them high because we knew that there were sometimes a lot of spaces between midfielders and defenders,” admitted the scorer at the microphone of Amazon at the break.

In the rain, the RCL was then very good for 25 minutes. Entered in place of Medina (injured), Haïdara served Kakuta for the equalizer (48th). Seven minutes later, Sotoca was forgiven for losing the ball on the opening goal by scoring a rebound after a cross from Frankowski. The impressive Haïdara (72nd) and especially Fofana (90th 3, superb save by Petkovic) could not give the victory to an RCL still fragile defensively, evidenced by the 2-2 equalizer signed Thomas, head, after a cross from Fulgini (71st).

Five days after the disgust aroused by the stop of OL-OM, football has resumed its rights in Lens. In a sold-out Bollaert (38,000 spectators) after a game behind closed doors, the RCL and the SCO engaged in a duel of enormous intensity. On several occasions, the game went from goal to goal in seconds. Thus, Boufal’s strike stopped by Leca was followed by a capital intervention by Cabot on Ganago (23rd). In the 69th, the head flush with the post of Sotoca gave way to a personal action from Doumbia, whose receding center was cleared in extremis. A minute later, Thomas equalized at 2-2, with a header. Great spectacle!