Lens-OL: A look back at the last match at the Stade Bollaert
November 21, 2010, is the date of the last trip of the Lyonnais to the home of the Sang et Or. It's been an eternity because even if Lens were back in Ligue 1 in 2014-2015, the Stade Bollaert was then under renovation ahead of Euro 2016. Thus, OL, who played Lens away on two occasions that year, actually headed to Calais in the Coupe de France, then to Amiens in the league.
At the end of November 2010, Ligue 1 was headed by a surprising Brest side, while OL sat in ninth place. It was far from being a disastrous start to the season; only three points separated Les Gones from first place. For their part, Lens sat 18th. For this meeting, Claude Puel made some changes, leaving Lisandro Lopez and Yoann Gourcuff on the bench. Lens fielded some well-known names like Serge Aurier and Henri Bedimo in their starting eleven, with Raphaël Varane and Geoffrey Kondogbia on the bench.
In their stadium, RC Lens dominated play in the first half and even opened the scoring through Kanga Akalé. At the start of the second half, the Lyon coach reacted and brought on Lisandro and Gourcuff, winning choices as Bafé Gomis equalized on the hour, then gave the advantage to his side 10 minutes later, before Licha sealed Lyon's victory at the very end of the match.
If this victory allowed OL to jump only one place in the standings, their position at the end of the season would be more in line with expectations as they would finish in third place, the league being won by Lille. Lens for their part would finish 19th and drop into Ligue 2 along with Arles-Avignon and Monaco.
OL: Lloris - Réveillère, Diakhaté, Lovren, Cissokho - Toulalan, Pjanic (Gourcuff, 46'), Makoun, Pied (Lopez, 46') - Briand, Gomis (Kallstrom, 90').
Goals: Akalé (24'), for Lens. Gomis (63', 74') and Lopez (89') for OL.