LIVE – Lens-Troyes: Lens pays Troyes and takes the lead in Ligue 1

LIVE – Lens-Troyes: Lens pays Troyes and takes the lead in Ligue 1

LIVE – Lens-Troyes: Lens pays Troyes and takes the lead in Ligue 1

Bollaert’s audience celebrates with his players

Very great atmosphere in Bollaert.

Objective still unbeaten

5 wins, 2 draws, Lens walks on the water at the beginning of the season and continues his good run.

At Bollaert it’s over, Lens is the leader of Ligue 1

Lens held out and won 1-0 against Troyes. With these three points, Lensois are now leading Ligue 1, with 17 points, one more than Paris and Marseille, who will play tomorrow.

Cabot fights in the box

But Lensois’s piston can’t hold the ball. One minute to go.


Samba passes, Yadé is very close to catching the ball with his head, he plays a few centimeters!

Lens keeps the ball in the final minutes

The Lensois will be leading Ligue 1 tonight if they keep this score until the end.

Buksa searched deeply

Claude-Maurice’s pass is good but the Lensois forward is a bit short in the box.

Thierno Baldé replaced by Ripart

An offensive choice in the last ten minutes. Tardieu also gives way to Agoumé.


Great Trojan breakthrough, Baldé is in the rear but his shot from the left is not sufficiently crossed to be in goal. It was a great opportunity!


The ball comes to him after a header by Fofana. He tries to shoot in one touch, but he’s a little too crisscrossed. The gesture was very complicated.

28 centers for Lens

Jimmy Cabot did 10 by himself.

Tardieu and Cabot informed

The Trojan for the fault, the Lensois for the dispute.


At the end of a long phase of possession, Odobert finds himself in the Lens area, catches Haïdara and chains a shot, blocked by Danso.

Claude-Maurice enters for his first in Bollaert, Openda leaves

The former Nice replaces David Pereira Da Costa and lives at home for the first time. Loïs Openda also leaves the place, replaced by Adam Buksa, who makes his debut with RC Lens.

Openda stumbles upon Gallon!

The Belgian returns again in the area and hits from the left, but is deflected for a corner by Gallon!


SUPERB GALLON STOP! On a new corner played by two Lensois, Sotoca lands a header that he probably saw in the background, but the Trojan goalkeeper deflects it on his crossbar. Still 1-0 for Lens!

Rony Lopes leaves his post

He will not have been able to bring the hoped-for madness for this evening. He is replaced by Conte. Palmer-Brown also gives way to Yadé.

The Rise of Danso!

One-two giant between Fofana and Danso. The Austrian moves towards the goal and shoots from 20 meters, but is countered. Corner for Lens, he does nothing.

Lens crossing exercise

For ten minutes it was a party, both from the right and from the left. The crosses rain, but for the moment Lens does not break in this match.

Mama Baldé remains on the ground

The Trojan attacker, after his beautiful action, seems moved. He remains on the ground and is treated. It’s probably a muscle problem, but he gets up and goes back to the field.


WHAT AGAINST ESTAC! Mama Bldé is a festival, with control behind the leg and a shot from the left after a Trojan counter-attack. Bamba relaxes well to stop this ball.


Corners follow each other for Lens, opportunities with. Frankowski crosses and nearly finds Sotoca at the far post, but is deflected for a corner by Tardieu just before Sotoca can close.


Lens recovers near the door of Troia, Cabot provokes the defense and moves Fofana very well, whose flat right is countered by the defense and deflects for a corner!

Pereira Da Costa is looking for Cabot!

The passage is very good, but Cabot lacks control. Then he is wrong on Larouci!

Little fear of Samba!

Rony Lopes looks for Porozo in the penalty area. His cross is good, Bamba comes out to intercept in the air but his intervention is not very good and he is not far from sending the ball into the goal.

Troyes a little more enterprising with the ball

In the first half, Bruno Irles’ men were clearly waiting for Lensois behind them. Now they are trying to propel themselves forward and reach Bamba’s penalty area.

He returned to Bollaert

The second half starts. ESTAC will have to surrender.

Fofana enters the field for Lens, Odobert for Troyes

The captain of Lensois has recovered the wing and enters the field for the second half in place of Poreba.

Troyes also changes, Odobert replaces Ugbo, very little seen in the first period.

It is the break in Bollaert

The Lensois lead 1-0 thanks to Danso’s free-kick advantage. At half-time, RC Lens are temporarily leading Ligue 1, although Franck Haise’s men have not created many chances so far.


WHAT AGAINST LENSOIS! Openda, served on the left, finds Frankowski in the right time. The Pole crosses in the second for Cabot who arrives, but Lensois’s volley misses the target.

Big mess in the defense of Lensoise

The Trojans are numerous in the area, the ball bounces in all directions but there is always a foot of Lensois to counter. ESTAC will now have to discover itself.

Yellow for Poreba

The Lensois touches Porozo in the head. The Trojan had lowered his head to catch the ball.


THE GOAL FINDS THE OPENING! On an eccentric free-kick, Frankowski sends a super center forward who finds Danso head on axis who is alone and arrives to crucify the Trojan goalkeeper. 1-0 for Lens, after half an hour without great opportunities.

Gallon-rummy disorder

The Trojan goalkeeper is a bit short on the way out, Rami finally takes the ball from the hollow.

Fofana goes to the heating

The Lensois captain, absent this evening due to RC Lens’s offer, left for the warm-up. He could come back at half time to breathe new life into his team.

Frankowski looks for Sotoca

In the aerial game, Sotoca makes a mistake.

Abdul Samed tries his luck

Her volley is difficult and she is a nut. Still 0-0 after 30 minutes of play, only 2 balls touched by Lensois in defense of Troyes. ESTAC defends itself well.

Rony Lopes tries a turn

He is stopped by Abdul Samed. It is difficult to progress for ESTAC.

The lens holds the ball

But for the time being, it doesn’t translate close to the Trojan’s surface. After a few early game chances, including Openda’s post, there isn’t much left.

Good exit from Troyes

Bruno Irles’ men manage to overcome the first curtain of Lensois, but then they stumble. They haven’t had a real situation in the RC Lens area yet.

The pace has dropped

The match had started strong, with repeated situations by Lensoise, but now the game is played more in midfield.

Sotoca strike

The captain of the evening tries his luck for the first time after a chest check. But he is not framed.

Frankowski comes into play

The Pole numerically replaced Gradit, touched on contact with Palmer-Brown. Already a forced change for RC Lens. Frankowski will play on the left, Haidara changes axis-right, a position that was occupied by Gradit.

Degree touched

After this contact with Palmer-Brown, Gradit remains on the ground. He seems moved and will probably have to give up his place after just over ten minutes of play.


Great hesitation of the referee, after a contact between Gradit and Palmer-Brown. The fault seems there, but perhaps outside the box. The referee gives nothing to Lensois.

Nice exit with the ball from ESTAC

Excellent Kouamé in midfield, but as soon as Troyes advances he is blocked by Lensois’s pressure.


It is already hot on the Trojan target! On Medina’s cross mounted, Openda manages to retrieve the ball at the far post but his shot hits the post. On a second center, then, he attempts an acrobatic gesture without a frame. Lens got off to a great start!

Openda in the dry cleaners

Takes a huge shot in the shoulder from Adil Rami. The Belgian was welcomed as he should be by a former Lille resident.

Lens tries to put his foot on the ball

After the confused first minutes, Lensois grabbed the ball.

Let’s go to Bollaert

The kick-off is given by ESTAC, while Lens are hoping to temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1.

11th consecutive sold-out game

As often, there is a great atmosphere in Bollaert. Even more so on an evening when RC Lens can temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1 …

Sotoca-Openda, duo on fire

The two Lens forwards have already scored 9 goals since the start of the season (5 for Sotoca, 4 for Openda). Only during the 0-0 against Ajaccio did the two not score. Sotoca scored a hat-trick and a brace, while Openda scored in Racing’s last 4 games.

The warm-up is finished

The Lensois have just returned to the locker room.

Lens wants to keep his invincibility

Sang et Or have not yet lost this season, like Paris and Marseille, the other two undefeated Ligue 1 players.

Fofana returns to Bollaert after its extension

The last time Seko Fofana walked on Bollaert’s pitch was after the match against Lorient, who missed out through injury. He then announced at the stadium his extension until 2025 with Lens, in an original staging. Tonight he will probably have the opportunity to enter the second period and be celebrated by the Lensois fans.

Troyes on a good series

The Trojan club have not lost any of their last 3 Ligue 1 matches: two wins against Monaco and Angers and a draw against Rennes.

Eye-catching lens

The Lensois are well on their way when conceding the lead, thanks in particular to the efficiency of Florian Sotoca, who scored 5 goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Lens starts with Fofana and Kakuta on the bench

Franck Haise has to deal with some absences. Captain Seko Fofana, who missed the last two games with a muscle tear, is back but on the bench. Florian Sotoca will wear the armband. He also replaces Gaël Kakuta, recovering from an Achilles tendon problem.

The composition of Lens: Samba – Gradit, Danso, Medina – Cabot, Haidara – Abdul Samed, Poreba, Pereira Da Costa – Sotoca, Openda.

Troyes with Rony Lopes, Ugbo and Baldé

Troyes’ composition: Gallon – Baldé, Palmer-Brown, Porozo, Rami, Larouci – Tardieu, Kouamé – Lopes, Baldé, Ugbo.

Kick-off at 21:00

Lens receives the Troyes promoted to Bollaert this Friday evening. 3rd against 11th, with a provisional leader place for RC Lens at stake. The kick-off will be at 21:00

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