Lens 2-1 Rennes: The Rennais with too little too late in loss at Lens

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On Saturday, Rennes suffer an away defeat to RC Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Both teams arrived in good form, having secured victories in their previous matches. Lens were looking to pick up points, following a 4-1 victory against AS Mónaco. Rennes, on the other hand, had been hopeful of extending their winning run, after a 2-1 victory against AC Ajaccio. As the table looks today, Lens are in 1st place in the table and have 10 points while Rennes sit in 11th with 4 points after 4 matches.

After an uneventful first half, Lens piled on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, when Seko Fofana gave Blood and Gold the lead, 66 minutes in. Lens looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Lois Openda at the 70 minute mark to establish a 2-0. In the end though, The Rennais just before the final whistle hit back though with a Gaetan Laborde goal. When the final wisthle blew, the result was 2-1 to Lens.

Substitutions for Lens included Ignatius Kpene Ganago, Wesley Said, Patrick Berg, Jimmy Cabot and Massadio Haidara for Lois Openda, David Pereira Da Costa, Florian Sotoca, Przemyslaw Frankowski and Deiver Machado, repectively. Rennes brought on Gaetan Laborde, Kamal-Deen Sulemana, Matthis Abline and Birger Meling, to replace Jeremy Doku, Benjamin Bourigeaud, Desire Doue and Adrien Truffert.

The referee booked one player from Rennes, Desire Doue.

Lens next face FC Lorient and Rennes are at home to Brest.

Technical card:
RC Lens:Brice Samba, Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina, Przemyslaw Frankowski (Jimmy Cabot, min.88), Salis Abdul Samed, Seko Fofana, Deiver Machado (Massadio Haidara, min.88), Lois Openda (Ignatius Kpene Ganago, min.76), Florian Sotoca (Patrick Berg, min.83) and David Pereira Da Costa (Wesley Said, min.77)
Rennes:Dogan Alemdar, Hamari Traore, Joe Rodon, Arthur Theate, Adrien Truffert (Birger Meling, min.83), Flavien Tait, Baptiste Santamaria, Desire Doue (Matthis Abline, min.83), Benjamin Bourigeaud (Kamal-Deen Sulemana, min.71), Jeremy Doku (Gaetan Laborde, min.61) and Martin Terrier
Stadium:the Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Goals:Seko Fofana (1-0, min. 66), Lois Openda (2-0, min. 70) and Gaetan Laborde (2-1, min. 90)