Lille v Lens: LOSC win the derby and inflict Racing their first defeat of the season

Double blow for the mastiffs at the end of matchday ten of Ligue 1. Not content with having won the derby against Lens, LOSC put an end to the impressive streak of invincibility of their neighbor in the League, which lasted for six months . The Mastiffs are far from having achieved the match of the century, and they relied on a penalty converted by Jonathan David just before the break to win by the minimum (1-0). You can also thank Lucas Chevalier, the goalkeeper who made a name for himself on this poster with two decisive saves. In particular, he took a penalty from Florian Sotoca.

The Sang et Or appeared on the pitch at Lille in the outfit of the favourites, strong in their form of the moment. This 2022/2023 season they will remember that they were stopped in their tracks by united mastiffs, impeccable in defense and opportunistic in attack. However, everything could have turned in his favor when Florian Sotoca appeared in front of Lucas Chevalier to take a penalty conceded by José Fonte. Except the shot was a bit too soft to fool a keeper who started on the right side (16). Inevitably there was some success, but something is needed in a fiercely contested derby, constantly stopped for whistles after fouls.

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Lens will no doubt be blamed for his flawless first period in the mood, marked by a desire to press high so as not to let go of the opponent. An approach that, unfortunately for him, was not followed by a killer instinct in the last 30 meters. By contrast, Lille was not spoiled. In this case, Jonathan David placed an unstoppable shot on a penalty obtained by Benjamin André after receiving a corner (1-0, 44th). The timing was also ideal for a LOSC team that suffered for long minutes but held on.

Jonathan David (Lille) converted his penalty against Brice Samba and RC Lens during the derby

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We were still hoping for a better reaction from the Lensois when they returned from the locker room. Rather the opposite happened: galvanized by their goal and carried by a spinning Adam Ounas, the Lilles didn’t stray far from the break. In fact, Brice Samba extended the suspense by being decisive in certain hot spots (47th, 72nd).

However, the most beautiful save of the match was due to Chevalier, who dived, with the opposite hand, on a shot into the skylight signed by Alexis Claude-Maurice (70th). Proof that LOSC does not dominate much in this part. Anyway, he wins a derby and to hell with his face. In qualifying, it is above all a big setback for Lens, who could once again be two points behind PSG, when Lille are seven lengths from the podium.

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