Lens-OL: One point, that's all... (1-1)
20'. Sotoca's shot is off target
39'. Superb save by Lopes to keep out a half volley from Clauss.
45 + 1'. Huge opportunity for Memphis who sees his attempt cleared off the line.
46'. A fine save by Lopes to deny an attempt by Fofana.
50'. A header by Toko Ekambi comes close to finding the top corner.
56'. Toko Ekambi, beautifully played in by Guimaraes, comes up short against Leca.
59'. Dubois is forced off with a hamstring injury
63'. Leca comes off the best on another one-on-one, this time against Kadewere.
64'. Memphis' shot across goal is well captured by Leca.
64'. Clauss scores by slipping the ball between Lopes' legs. 1-0.
74'. Kadewere's curled shot comes very close to the post.
80'. Goal by Paqueta with an acrobatic finish following a first effort from Cherki. 1-1.
90'. Slimani is sent off for a poor tackle.
The title race was in full swing on an action-packed Saturday! Having fallen from the podium after Monaco’s win earlier in the day, OL once again had their fate in hand thanks to PSG’s loss against new leaders Lille as they traveled to Lens for the first of their final eight matches. The opponent that awaited them was a promoted side who have done surprisingly well this season, and who had the league's longest current unbeaten run, making the result all but a formality. The start of the match, as fiery as it was closely fought, confirmed as much. Despite possession of the ball being in their favor over the first 30 minutes, the Lyonnais struggled to unsettle their opponents' five-man defence. On the other end of the pitch, though, Lopes went without being tested before being saved by VAR after a mistake on his part. He soon followed this up with a big save, before Memphis finally had the best opportunity of the half just before the interval.
The match was more open after the break and it benefited Rudi Garcia's men. They used the spaces left at the back by Lens to fashion the best chance for themselves. But Toko Ekambi, Kadewere and then Memphis all came up short against Leca, who proved imperious for the time being. While the hosts looked to be on the back foot, Lens chose this moment to play on the break and open the scoring. A little over 20 minutes from time, the situation had suddenly changed and time was now running out. With an inspired finish, Paqueta got his side back in the match. The two teams then both had opportunities to win but the score did not change. The result was two points dropped in addition to Dubois, forced off injured, and Slimani, who was sent off late on...
At Stade Bollaert, Lens.
L1 (Round 31): Racing Club de Lens - OL 1-1 (0-0)
Referee: Benoît Millot. Attendance: Behind closed doors
Goals: Clauss (64') for Lens. Paqueta (80') for OL.
Bookings: Fortes (6'), Michelin (87') for Lens. Guimaraes (8'), Memphis (48'), De Sciglio (79') for OL.
Dismisslas: Slimani (90') for OL.
Lens: Leca - Gradit, Badé, Fortès (Boura, 66') - Clauss (Michelin, 76'), Cahuzac (cap.), Doucouré (Mauricio, 90+6'), Fofana, Haïdara - Sotoca (Banza, 76'), Kakuta. Manager: Franck Haise.
OL: Lopes - Dubois (De Sciglio, 59'), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet (Bard, 76') - Paqueta, Mendes (Slimani, 70'), Guimaraes (Caqueret, 59') - Kadewere (Cherki, 76'), Memphis (cap.), Toko Ekambi. Manager: Rudi Garcia.