Lille-Lens: The Song Eight Or Present Themselves A Derby That Allows Them To Dream Of Europe


Traveling to Lille this Saturday for the 32nd day of Ligue 1, Lens won the derby (2-1) thanks to Przemysaw Frankowski and Arnaud Kalimuendo. Frank Haise’s team is behind LOSC in the standings, they are now in seventh place, two points ahead of their evening rival.

Deprived of his supporters for the northern derby, Lens nevertheless made a good move on the 32nd day of Ligue 1 by winning at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy (2–1). Thanks to this win, Frank Haise’s team is back in seventh place in the standings from their evening rival, 50 points, with a two-point lead.


Przemysaw Frankowski and Arnaud Kalimuendo scored for Lençois. The Polish winger took only 4 minutes to detect the mistake with a half-volley from the right after a corner kick from Jonathan Klaus and a header from Jose Fonte. Alone at the far post, Francoski had plenty of time to control the scoring to open.

It took Arnaud Kalimuendo several times to score. His first two attempts were canceled out by Leo Jardim (20th, 26th) but the player trained at PSG persevered to put his team on their third strike, which was slightly distracted by Fonte (37th). For its part, LOSC had found the position through Renato Sanches (21st). The first period was intense and Lili managed to gain hope thanks to Xeka (45 + 1st), who placed her header well on Aidan Zhegrova’s cross.

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Lens ends LOSC series

Pleasant on the pitch, this derby escalated at half-time with a brawl between Jonathan Gradit and Renato Sanches, which earned both players a yellow card. However, nothing compared to the overflow that occurred during the first leg of the break, where the field was attacked by supporters.

Undefeated in the league in their last eight games, LOSC continued to advance into the second half. Vuilker Farinez managed to narrowly deflect a shot from Jonathan Bamba (53′) and the Argentine goalkeeper was saved from his post on a shot by Aidan Zegrova (66′).


Lens spent the end of the match defending, but the European fight held on to an inevitably important result. After their victory in the first leg (1–0), Song et Orl Club once again managed to bring down their foe. Success this season also culminated in qualifying against LOSC after a penalty shootout in the Coupe de France. It had been 19 years since Lens won at Lille.

For Lens, digesting this great win will be essential as the coming week promises to be a busy one, with a reception at Montpellier on Wednesday and a visit to the Parc des Princes against PSG on next Saturday. LOSC will go to Reims for its part in the middle of the week and will host Strasbourg on Sunday 24 April.


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