OL-Lens: A golden result! (3-2)
7'. Great opportunity for Cornet who misses the target.
11'. Nice one-two between Kadewere and Memphis sees the captain fire over.
16'. Lopes parries to deflect a shot from a rebound by Clauss.
24'. Aouar's fine shot is diverted by Leca with the tips of his gloves.
39'. Goal by Memphis who finishes from Paqueta's pass and Kadewere's bit of cleverness. 1-0.
47'. Own goal by Fortes after a cross by Dubois is poorly dealt with by Leca. 2-0.
48'. Powerful strike from Sotoca passes just over the bar.
52'. Penalty won by Cornet and perfectly converted by Memphis. 3-0.
54'. A one-on-one by Kadewere is won by Leca.
56'. Goal by Sotoca into the top corner. 3-1.
85'. Another chance for the visitors, who press hard in the Lyon area.
90'. Doucouré scores with a powerful strike just under the bar. 3-2.
After spending the end of the year holidays in top spot OL started 2021 with a status to protect, ambitions to be confirmed. For that, the autumn champion played host to Lens, a surprising promoted side who had developed the habit of troubling a few of the big teams. Despite the absences of Marcelo, Toko Ekambi, Guimaraes and Dembélé, the Lyonnais looked as sharp as they had at the end of 2020, albeit with less efficiency. Memphis remedied that just before the break with a technically superb goal that offered a leg up after a lively and dominant first half against a very skillful opponent.
The second act was ideal for Rudi Garcia's men to take the lead quickly. An own goal and a penalty from Memphis, to seal his double, allowed them to take their foot off the gas. These three goals scored in just 13 minutes had hurt the northern side, but they did not give up, as exemplified by the reduction of the score through Sotoca. Chances came thick and fast on both sides and Lens' threat intensified. We thought that the storm had passed but Lens reduced the deficit further at the very end of the match but OL held on and scored three ultra-important points, while Lille, beaten, and Paris, who could only draw, lost ground on Les Gones. It was the perfect result!
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
L1 (J18): OL-Racing Club de Lens 3-2 (1-0)
Referee: Eric Wattellier. Attendance: behind closed doors
Goals: Memphis (39', 52' pen), Fortes og (47') for OL. Sotoca (56'), Doucouré (90') for Lens.
Bookings: Aouar (40') for OL. Leca (51'), Badé (86') for Lens.
OL : Lopes - Dubois (Cherki, 66'), Diomande, Denayer, De Sciglio - Paqueta (Jean Lucas, 88'), Mendes, Aouar (Caqueret, 71') - Kadewere, Memphis (cap.) (Benlamri, 88'), Cornet (Bard, 88'). Manager: Rudi Garcia.
Lens : Leca (cap.) - Gradit, Badé, Fortes - Clauss (Michelin, 83'), Doucouré, Fofana (Pereira Da Costa, 83') - Kakuta, Boura (Sylla, 72') - Sotoca (Banza, 77'), Ganago (Kalimuendo, 78'). Manager: Franck Haise.