A battling display from Lens saw them secure a 2-0 victory over Reims in the 16th round of Ligue 1 matches, held at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. An intriguing encounter which further cements Lens' recent run of form.
The Battle Unfolded
The match began with Reims in control, particularly in the initial half. They created some close opportunities, including a header from Agbadou that hit the post in the 16th minute, and a goal from Daramy that was disallowed due to offside. Nevertheless, the Lens defence, faced with the speed of Reims' Japanese players Ito and Nakamura, held firm.
Breaking the Deadlock
Despite the pressure, Lens managed to turn the tide, scoring their first goal. The opener came courtesy of Said, who exploited a misunderstanding between Okumu and his goalkeeper to score in the 43rd minute. Intriguingly, this was one of Lens' first two accurate shots of the game.
Second Half Surge
After the half-time break, the game began to heat up. Ito and Abdelhamid caused some tensions but the control switched hands. A mistake from Reims led to Lens scoring their second goal in the 75th minute. Oscar Cortes was the man to put the ball in the back of the net with a well-executed header, shooting past Diouf.
The victory has given Lens a significant boost. They have now gone 11 matches undefeated in Ligue 1 and moved up to the 5th position in the league with 26 points. The situation is less rosy for Reims. This defeat, their 4th in the last 5 matches, sees them slide to 8th in the league standings.