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RC Lens dominated at home but earn draw against Reims


Hafez’s team, Lens was dominated at home by Stade Reims but managed to fight back to earn a value point in this contest of two French Ligue 2 midtable teams.

After a run of three straight wins, Lens lost their last match to Sochaux. The side was looking to return to winning ways, at home, against an inconsistent Stade de Reims team.

But it was the visitors who controlled the early spells of the match. The first big chance of the match fell to Ibrahim Balde in the 25th minute. His shot was saved by the Lens keeper, Douchez. Just a minute later, Douchez was called to action and he kept the score 0-0.

RC Lens created their first chance in the 41st minute and Karim Hafez was involved. The Egyptian defender swung a cross to John Bostock, whose half-volley was saved by the Reims goalkeeper.

The hosts continued their ascendancy after the restart, with Hafez having the closest opportunity early in the second half. Karim Hafez sent a shot over the goalkeeper but the crossbar denied him a goal. Reims punished the home team against the run of play, only a few moments later.

In the 51t minute, Ibrahim Balde found himself one-on-one with Douchez and the Senegalese forward made no mistake. Yet again the crossbar denied what appeared to be a sure goal. This time it was Hamari Traore, of Stade Reims, who was unlucky.

Stade de Reims regained control of the game with the goal that put them ahead. They looked to have booked all three points but the home team struck the equalizer late in the match. RC Lens also scoring against the run of play. It was Belgian forward, Klonaridis, who won a point for Lens, in the 84th minute.

The draw did not do much to improve the respective situations of the two clubs. RC Lens remain seventh, on 18 points while Reims are two places higher, on 20 points.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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