The Lensois notched up another success away from home, defeating Bordeaux who were initially tasteless and then untenable (2-3). Florian Sotoca did not shake to score the victory penalty in the 90th 5
“Always believe is such a great value
Franck Haise exclaimed after the match. The Lensois coach knows his squad but he remains amazed by his ability to never give up to go to Bordeaux for the first success of RCL in 21 years. A victory which stretched out its arms to him at the break (0-2) while the defeat was quite plausible in the 88th (2-2). “When it grows to 2-2 and we think that, in the end, it will be more Bordeaux who will put the third, it is us, in two situations, who will seek the victory. And that is a strong sign from my players. “
They don’t let go, and if it took a little while, they also know how to put their heads where they are. Building on their fighting values, they also regained their principles at the right time.
After the first period, however, we never imagined seeing them in such difficulty afterwards. And Florian Sotoca, decisive scorer from the penalty spot, had thought to eternally regret his head on the bar at the very end of the first period (44 ‘), which would have completely stunned the Girondins with three goals in advance.
But led 2-0 with still 45 minutes to play, Petkovic’s men, on the street until then, still had hope, maintained by the three substitutions at half-time, the change of system (from 4-3 -3 to 3-4-3) and an Adli who wreaked havoc on Lensois scheduling. “Bordeaux put the pressure on us, we went back, we couldn’t keep the ball in front,” said Florian Sotoca.
And Lens has folded, broken even by taking two new goals, the third time this season in five games
: a strike from Mangas after a poorly repelled ball from Danso (60th) and another exploited by Onana, sharper on a hanging ball (88th).
Situations that will have to be analyzed and areas for improvement that depend as much on defensive attitudes in the face of the opponent’s waves as on the quality of the ball exit. “A team down 2-0 at home and changing three players, one could expect a clear revolt. The entrants brought new problems. I don’t mind defending lower, but you have to be more aggressive. We had a lot of possibilities to better get the ball out which would have brought big situations
», Analyzes Franck Haise.
This is what his team did in the final minutes, taking advantage of the quality of Wesley Said, back in Ligue 1 and which resulted in the decisive penalty for Sotoca’s first goal this season. A nice coolness from the attacker on the way after endless minutes of waiting because of the VAR and the disturbing parade of the Bordelais in front of his ball.