Openda falls into the box
Found in the area, Lois Openda falls after contact with Sergio Ramos! The public asks for the punishment, the judge says no.
THE OPENDA BUUUUUUUT!
But what a crazy game! PSG were close to having an opportunity after some good action, but Fofana recovers the ball and starts a counter attack! He sends Openda deep, who plays with Ramos, then Marquinhos on a hook before aligning Donnarumma with his right foot! 2 to 1 for Lens!
OPENDA FINDS DONNARUMMA ON ITS WAY!
Poor recovery at the foot of Donnarumma and Lens directly tries to take advantage of it! Lois Openda is found at the entrance to the surface, fakes the shot and continues with a low shot! It’s caught by the Italian keeper!
CLAUDE MAURICE MISSES HIS FLUVE!
Perfect center of Gradit for Claude-Maurice completely isolated! The Lensois winger misses his right-footed volley, Paris was very hot!
Lens wants to do well
The Lensois players are very industrious and trouble the Parisian wings when switching sides. And they point to 88% of successful submissions at the moment.
Mbappé takes action
Kylian Mbappé stands out helped by Hakimi’s call! He tries a shot at the entrance to the surface but it is pushed back by Samba on Ekitike who takes the small net!
Paris wants to score again
We feel that PSG were scalded by this Lensois goal and want to take the point home right after the equaliser! The lens is also back in place.
EKITIKE IS UNIQUE IN THE QUANTITY!
Excellent Parisian response with an opener from Soler against Mukiele delivered in one touch! Samba thinks to grab the ball but Ekitike takes it away from him and finishes with his flat foot! Video Referee to find out if Ekitike took the ball out of Samba’s hands… IT’S VALIDATED!
THE BUUUUUT LENSOIS, BOLLAERT-DELELIS TEETH!
Already a goal in this meeting with a magnificent action! Haidara can be found in the area of Sotoca and the center side at the penalty spot! It’s denied by Donnaruma on Frankowski who finishes the action from the left, Lens 1-0 up!
It warms up in front of the Parisian goal
Already activity in the Parisian area with a double shot countered by Seko Fofana! It has been cleared by the Parisian defenses!
First scorer, big winner?
Lens (10/10) and Paris (13/13) are the only two teams to have won every game in which they opened the scoring in Ligue 1 this season.
LENS-PSG KICK OFF!
Let’s go after this shock on the 17th day of Ligue 1 between Lens and PSG! The ambitious dolphin receives a solid leader in a meeting that promises to be exciting!
Mbappé hailed by the Lensois crowd
First Bollaerts whistles at the entrance to the goalkeepers’ lawn, then his first Parisian players, then… applause and chants for the striker from the French team. Kylian Mbappé, who in turn applauded the Lensois crowd.
An unstoppable PSG?
Paris are unbeaten in their last 12 trips to Ligue 1, the longest streak (10 wins, 2 draws).
Paris have scored in each of their last 35 Ligue 1 games played in January (91 goals).
Lens has a chance to play against PSG
Lens have won just one of their last 13 matches against Paris in Ligue 1 (6 draws, 6 losses), that was on September 10, 2020 (1-0 at home).
Lens remain on two receptions without defeat against Paris since their promotion to Ligue 1 in 2020/21 (1 win, 1 draw), one of the only 3 teams Paris have still not won away from home in the period with Monaco (2 losses) and Rennes (1 draw, 1 loss).
The composition of PSG with Hakimi on the left side, Mukiele on the right
Donnarumma – Mukiele, Marquinhos, Ramos, Hakimi – Danilo, Ruiz, Verratti, Soler – Ekitike, Mbappe
The lens composition has decreased
Openda, Haïdara and Claude-Maurice back in the starting lineup.
Samba – Gradit, Danso, Medina – Frankowski, Abdul Samed, Fofana, Haïdara – Claude-Maurice – Sotoca, Openda
The last echo 2 hours before kick-off
The match ball is handed over by Vladimir Smicer, former RC Lens player (96-98). A minute’s applause will be respected as a tribute to Pelé. 1000 Parisian supporters will take place in the visitors’ car park.
PSG’s likely line-up
With Neymar’s (suspended) absence, Christophe Galtier will not field the same 11 as against Strasbourg. Achraf Hakimi could start on the left. Hugo Ekitike is expected to start in attack with Kylian Mbappé, Pablo Sarabia or Carlos Soler
Donnarumma – Mukiele, Marquinhos, Ramos, Hakimi – Danilo, Vitinha, Verratti, Soler or Sarabia – Ekitike, Mbappé.
A warm welcome from Lensois supporters for Mbappé?
In a press conference on Saturday, Franck Haise and Seko Fofana assured that Kylian Mbappé will receive a warm welcome from Lensois supporters.
“I believe that the Lensois supporters, Bollaert, those who will be present, are lovers of football and the game. I believe that they will warmly welcome Kylian Mbappé because he deserves it,” announced Franck Haise. In addition to doing a lot of things for Paris, he also does a lot for France. He will be well received.”
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The 100th for Franck Haise
RC Lens coach Franck Haise referees for the 100th time on the Sang et Or bench this Sunday evening against PSG in Ligue 1 (20.45). Since his arrival in Ligue 2 in February 2020, the technician has done a colossal job in Pas-de-Calais.
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PSG without Messi and Neymar
Christophe Galtier will be without two stars this Sunday. If Kylian Mbappé, top scorer for the calendar year, is there, Neymar is suspended following his red card against Strasbourg. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is still on holiday after his title as world champion and is not expected to train until Monday or Tuesday.
The lens is perfect at home
The start of the Lensois season at home is simply perfect, with 8 wins in 8 matches, including prestigious successes against Lyon or Rennes.
What could be better for the new year than a Ligue 1 showdown between Lens, second in the championship, and the Parisian leader, in an atmosphere that promises to be unique in Bollaert. Kick off will be at 8.45pm.