Monaco 1-4 Lens: The Monégasques humbled at home by rampant Blood and Gold

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RC Lens ease to a comfortable 4-1 win at the Stade Louis II. With both teams drawing in their previous fixtures, they were keen to pick up points. Monaco arrived with the intention of increasing their league score after a 1-1 draw against Rennes while Lens are struggling for form following a draw in their last match. As the table looks today, Monaco are in 7th place, with 4 points from 3 matches, while Lens sit in 1st, with 7 points from 3.

Lens started strongly in the first half, when Lois Openda opened the rout early in the first half. Blood and Gold looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Deiver Machado, at 38 minutes to establish a 2-0. However, The Monégasques secured the points emphatically, with a goal from Benoit Badiashile just before halftime to see out the first half 2-1.

Lens started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, when Seko Fofana found the net, 55 minutes in. Blood and Gold then netted once more and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Wesley Said, 78 minutes in to make it 4-1.

Substitutions for Monaco included Mohamed Camara, Aleksandr Golovin, Ismail Jakobs and Malang Sarr for Eliot Matazo, Takumi Minamino, Caio Henrique and Jean Lucas, repectively. Lens replaced Ignatius Kpene Ganago, Wesley Said, Jimmy Cabot, Massadio Haidara and Patrick Berg with Lois Openda, David Pereira Da Costa, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Deiver Machado and Seko Fofana.

The referee booked Breel Embolo, Vanderson and Wissam Ben Yedder and Vanderson (2 yellow cards) saw the red card, for Monaco.

Monaco will next travel to Paris Saint-Germain, while Lens will face Rennes at home.

Technical card:
AS Mónaco:Alexander Nubel, Vanderson, Benoit Badiashile, Axel Disasi, Caio Henrique (Ismail Jakobs, min.66), Krepin Diatta, Jean Lucas (Malang Sarr, min.75), Eliot Matazo (Mohamed Camara, min.46), Takumi Minamino (Aleksandr Golovin, min.56), Wissam Ben Yedder and Breel Embolo
RC Lens:Brice Samba, Kevin Danso, Jonathan Gradit, Facundo Medina, Przemyslaw Frankowski (Jimmy Cabot, min.81), Salis Abdul Samed, Seko Fofana (Patrick Berg, min.88), Deiver Machado (Massadio Haidara, min.81), Lois Openda (Ignatius Kpene Ganago, min.75), David Pereira Da Costa (Wesley Said, min.76) and Florian Sotoca
Stadium:the Stade Louis II
Goals:Lois Openda (0-1, min. 7), Deiver Machado (0-2, min. 38), Benoit Badiashile (1-2, min. 41), Seko Fofana (1-3, min. 55) and Wesley Said (1-4, min. 78)