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The Brice Samba wall
If RC Lens leaves the North derby with an extra point in the standings, it is largely thanks to the XXL performance of its goalkeeper.
Certainly he conceded the goal of the equalizer from Jonathan David (69th) but how to blame him when he had just released two stops in quick succession on the same action.
Very busy at the end of the match, Brice Samba disgusted the Lille attackers with three of these five saves in the last 10 minutes.
Like Edon Zhegrova's strike out in imperial fashion, he has impressed news tonight.
Jonathan Bamba carried LOSC
This Saturday, if Rémy Cabella or Jonathan David were expected as the leaders of the Lille attack, it was the French winger who proved to be essential in this match.
Very hard-hitting, fair in his choices and present on numerous occasions in the opposing area, it was he who brought the most danger to the Lille side.
On Jonathan David's goal, it was he who won with a header in the duel with Jonathan Gradit to send the decisive pass to his teammate.
A symbol of his match that he succeeded with a lot of desire.
Jonathan David, in the right place at the right time
Unlike Bamba, he didn't do everything tonight.
He even missed a lot.
But in the end, LOSC recovered a point from their trip to Bollaert thanks to him.
This is also the strength of great scorers, being present at the right time to be decisive.
The Canadian took the opportunity to score his 16th goal of the season and join Eden Hazard as Lille's top scorer in the 21st century.
He could even have been decisive with the pass if Samba hadn't made a superb save in front of Cabella.
Jose Fonte's mistake
It is a fault which certainly costs the victory to his team.
Under pressure throughout the first period, the Lille defense held on until the 41st minute and Fulgini's free kick.
Solid until then, José Fonte missed his intervention and extended the cross from Lensois with a header into his own goal.
Like what, experience does not prevent making mistakes.
Lois Openda and Florian Sotoca didn't weigh in
If Angelo Fulgini was invaluable in the construction of the game, the two main offensive assets of the starting eleven of Franck Haise did not respond to this evening.
Lois Openda was certainly used in depth and took advantage of his speed to create chances, but he lacked efficiency and accuracy in his choices.
For his part, Sotoca was simply too low-key and was never found in a dangerous position.
To illustrate their lackluster match, the statistic of balls hit speaks volumes: 25 for Openda and 31 for Sotoca.