Lens Brest 3-2, goals and highlights from Ligue 1

Success with unforeseen final suffering for Lens who managed to beat Brest after seeing Der Zakarian’s team recover in the score and play everything in the final game. Things for Lens got off to a good start with Sotoca’s goal breaking the deadlock after 27 minutes. Brest at a disadvantage and unable, at least momentarily, to react and return to contact and then S. Fofana and his companions continue to press on the accelerator finalizing well and managing to put 3 goals between himself and the opponent. Day at the office for Lens? Not really. The reaction of Der Zakarian’s team arrives at a delayed burst but allows us to witness a final that a few minutes before we would not have expected to see. Romain Del Castillo’s goal calls everything into question with Brest looking forward to the completion of the comeback. The games, however, end without the final twist. A painful victory for Lens that had a bit of a ‘squeeze’ but that in the end was able to celebrate the conquest of three important points. Sotoca’s MVP performance should be noted, with his “Hat Trick” leaving an important and decisive mark on today’s match. The mistake from the spot at 0 ‘should be noted for Lens.

Thanks to Sotoca’s brace (27th and 62nd), Lens managed to take the result of 2-0, the 3-0 safety reached 65th with Sotoca completing his hat-trick. Brest reacted in the 66th and 82nd minutes with goals from Haris Belkebla and Romain Del Castillo, but failed to complete the comeback.

Confirming the final victory, Lens were in control of the match: they dominated possession (61%), made more shots (16-6), and took more corners (6-3).

The hosts have successfully completed more passes than the opponent (407-205): Facundo Medina (71), Jonathan Gradit (69) and Kevin Danso (60) stood out. For the guests, Pierre Lees-Melou was the most accurate player with 33 successful passes.

Florian Sotoca was the player who shot the most for Lens: 8 times including 4 on goal. For Brest it was Franck Honorat who tried harder, shooting 2 times, 1 of which in the face of goal.
In Lens, the forward Sotoca was the best of his team in the tackles won (8 out of 13 total) and contributed to the dominance of his team in the overall figure (100%). Striker Mathias Lage was the most effective in the Brest ranks with 7 tackles won (13 played in total).

Lens: B. Samba, K. Danso, J. Gradit, F. Medina, P. Frankowski, S. Fofana (Cap.), D. Machado, S. Abdul Samed, F. Sotoca, L. Openda, D. Pereira from the coast. All: Franck Haise
On hand: I. Baldé, J. Cabot, W. Saïd, P. Berg, I. Ganago, L. Poreba, J. Leca, C. Wooh, M. Haïdara.
Changes: Saïd <-> Pereira da Costa (68 ‘), Cabot <-> Frankowski (76′), Ganago <-> Openda (76 ‘), Berg <-> Sotoca (77′)

Brest: M. Bizot, L. Brassier, B. Chardonnet (Cap.), C. Hérelle, N. Fadiga, H. Belkebla, P. Lees-Melou, F. Honorat, Y. Belaïli, I. Cardona, M. Pereira Lage. All: Michel Der Zakarian
Available: A. Dari, H. M’Bock, A. Camblan, G. Coudert, H. Magnetti, R. Del Castillo, J. Le Douaron, K. Dembele, J. Duverne.
Changes: Duverne <-> Fadiga (40 ‘), Magnetti <-> Belaïli (74′), Del Castillo <-> Cardona (74 ‘), Dari <-> Hérelle (74′)

Goals: 27 ‘Sotoca (Lens), 62’ Sotoca (Lens), 65 ‘Sotoca (Lens), 66’ Belkebla (Brest), 82 ‘(R) Del Castillo (Brest).
Admonitions: D. Pereira da Costa, K. Danso, P. Lees-Melou, Y. Belaïli, L. Brassier, B. Chardonnet

Stadium: Stade Félix Bollaert-Delélis
Referee: Thomas Leonard

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