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Ligue 1: Montpellier beat Lens, Wahi misses return

2023-12-08T22:27:53.339Z

Highlights: Ligue 1: Montpellier beat Lens, Wahi misses return. Lens continue their good run in L1 with now 10 games without defeat (6 wins, 4 draws). It was their 7th clean sheet in their last 9 outings, with the 6-0 loss to Arsenal mitigating that record. Brice Samba proved decisive by deflecting Nigerian Akor Adams' shot across goal (87′). An action that left Michel Der Zakarian on his knees and totally incredulous. The 20-year-old striker admitted before the match that "the emotion is going to be very strong"


Before playing for their European future on Tuesday against Sevilla in the final group game of the Champions League, Lens drew 0-0


Four days before playing for their European future on Tuesday at Bollaert against Sevilla FC, Lens failed to win in Montpellier (0-0). But in front of their supporters (finally allowed just before the match), Lens nevertheless continue their good run in L1 with now 10 games without defeat (6 wins, 4 draws). It was their 7th clean sheet in their last 9 outings, with the 6-0 loss to Arsenal mitigating that record.

But even without a goal, this Montpellier - Lens was nevertheless a good Ligue 1 match, with a lot of intensity, especially in the first half.

Elye Wahi's return to La Mosson was eagerly awaited. Transferred to Lens for €35 million at the end of the transfer window, the 20-year-old striker admitted before the match that "the emotion is going to be very strong, MHSC is a club that is dear to me and it always will be, whatever happens".

😂 The reunion between @MaximeEsteve14 and Elye Wahi promises to be nice! #MHSCRCL pic.twitter.com/zIuQXLy5Du

— Prime Video Sport France (@PVSportFR) December 8, 2023

Wahi, who has only scored 2 goals in Ligue 1 since his arrival at Lens and is far from his success at Montpellier (19 goals last season), has not been able to fully grasp this emotional dimension. After squandering a great chance by shooting over the bar alone at the far post (37′), he lost his duel with Benjamin Lecomte (60′). Certainly frustrated by his performance, Wahi walked off the pitch to a standing ovation from his former Montpellier fans (71′) who chanted his name.

But it was Montpellier who had the match point and certainly the best chance of the match. Brice Samba proved decisive by deflecting Nigerian Akor Adams' shot across goal (87′). An action that left Michel Der Zakarian on his knees and totally incredulous. Unable to win since the end of October (3 defeats, 3 draws now), Montpellier continues its very poor record at home (only 1 win for 3 draws and 3 defeats).

"We have chances to turn the game around," Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte told Prime Video. But in the complicated situation we are currently experiencing, everyone must be congratulated. Lens are very strong, they will move up the table. So we're going to take that point. »

"Montpellier were dangerous in transition," said Lens defender Kevin Danso. We have to be more efficient, more decisive. Apart from Wahi's chances, we didn't have many of them. But we're happy with the draw. Seville? Every game is important. We know we're strong at home and what we have to do. If we play better than we did tonight, we'll win. »

Source: leparis

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