Reims 1-1 Lens: The Red and Whites frustrated at home as visitors snatch draw

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Reims were helde ach other to a 1-1 draw by Lens on Sunday at the Stade Auguste Delaune. Both teams arrived in good form, having secured victories in their previous matches. Reims were keen to hang onto their position at the top of the table and extend their winning run after winning last match whilst Lens were coming from consecutive wins against FC Lorient and Rennes. Reims are now in 13th place on the table and have 6 points while Lens sit in 3rd with 14 points after 6 matches.

After a goalless first half, Reims took the initiative in the second half, thanks to a goal from Folarin Balogun, 71 minutes in. In the end though, their celebrations were kept brief, as Lois Openda equalised for Lens, 82 minutes in. The final result, Reims 1, Lens 1.

Substitutions for Reims included Kamory Doumbia and Mitchell Van Bergen for Alexis Flips and Bradley Locko, respectively. Lens replaced Jimmy Cabot, Deiver Machado, Ismael Boura, Jean Onana and Alexis Claude-Maurice with Przemyslaw Frankowski, Massadio Haidara, David Pereira Da Costa, Lukasz Poreba and Jonathan Gradit.

The referee booked Andrew Gravillon and Bradley Locko from Reims. Lens had the worst of it though, with Facundo Medina and Jonathan Gradit seeing yellow, and Deiver Machado then sent off with a red.

Reims will next play Tolouse FC away, with Lens facing Troyes at home.

Technical card:
Reims:Patrick Pentz, Yunis Abdelhamid, Emmanuel Agbadou, Andrew Gravillon, Maxime Busi, Marshall Munetsi, Dion Lopy, Bradley Locko (Mitchell Van Bergen, min.83), Alexis Flips (Kamory Doumbia, min.71), Folarin Balogun and Junya Ito
RC Lens:Brice Samba, Jonathan Gradit (Alexis Claude-Maurice, min.75), Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina, Przemyslaw Frankowski (Jimmy Cabot, min.62), Lukasz Poreba (Jean Onana, min.71), Salis Abdul Samed, Massadio Haidara (Deiver Machado, min.62), Florian Sotoca, Lois Openda and David Pereira Da Costa (Ismael Boura, min.70)
Stadium:the Stade Auguste Delaune
Goals:Folarin Balogun (1-0, min. 71) and Lois Openda (1-1, min. 82)