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RC Lens beat French Ligue 2 leaders away from home


Karim Hafez played another full match to help his side beat, French Ligue 2 leaders, Stade Brestois away from home.

The match was stopped in the fourth minute due to smoke bombs by Lens fans. This enthusiasm rubbed off on the visting team and they took the match to the French Ligue 2 leaders.

RC Lens was camped in Brest’s half and they kept looking for, the Belgian striker, Viktor Klonaridis. The hosts didn’t get a chance at goal until the ninth minute. Maupay’s effort was saved by, Lens goalkeeper, Douchez.

The moment marked a period of strings of easy saves for both goalkeepers, Douchez and Hartock. But RC Lens continued to dominate the match.

They finally broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, courtesy of Cvetinovìc. He headed home from a cornerkick to put his side ahead. It could have been 2-0 for Lens on the half hour mark but the referee disallowed a goal for offside.

Brest raised their game in the final minutes of the first half. After being denied, on a few occassions, by Douchez, Brest finally equalized. Neal Maupay was set up by Pelé and he made it 1-1.

In the second half, it was Brest that started with more intent. Their goalscorer, Maupay was particularly involved but Douchez was equal to all that was thrown his way.

RC Lens stunned the hosts by making it 2-0 in the 72nd minute. Bostock’s shot came off the post but Cristian Lopez was in place to put it in the back of the net.

The match became an end to end affair as Brest threw caution to the wind in their search for a second equalizer. Karim Hafez was yellow carded in the 77th minute for stopping one of those forays. Brest had a few corners but they struggled to create meaningful chances, as the game came to a close.

There was chaos in the final minute of added time. Brest players protested, what they saw as, time wasting by the injured Douchez. In this chaos, Maupay was sent off but Brest got a lifeline as more play time was added.

The time counter went all the way to 100 minutes but Brest was not able to score a second goal.

RC Lens’ win lifted them to 6th on the standings while Brest remain top having suffered only their second defeat of the season.

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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