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Neil El Aynaoui still convincing
Already among the best Lens players against Marseille and Clermont, the young Moroccan midfielder once again showed his talent and personality tonight at La Mosson. In midfield with Salis Abdul Samed, the Nancy-trained player shone with his technical accuracy and his willingness to play forward. It was he who got Elye Wahi off to a perfect start, beaten in his one-on-one by Benjamin Lecomte. El Aynaoui, very comfortable and mobile, could even have won a penalty at the end of the game on a high Montpellier foot. An action that would have relieved the Sang et Or, who were finally held in check by MHSC (0-0).
Samba and Lecomte got the job done
Despite two good scares, one of which was caused by a very risky run, Brice Samba held the Lens line thanks to two necessary saves from Adams in the second half and well-controlled aerial runs. The same goes for Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, who put in a flawless performance. Decisive against Elye Wahi, the former Monegasque made the save he needed to keep the point of the draw. Goalkeepers at the party inevitably mean attackers in need of success...
Mousa Al-Tamari deserved better
The Jordanian, who suffered a thigh injury, went off in the 55th minute (replaced by Kelvin Yeboah). It was a frustration for Montpellier and the show as their first half was interesting. A constant danger in the back of the Lens defence, the 26-year-old striker constantly offered solutions. Until he delivered an excellent goal ball to Enzo Tchato, who was too unselfish at the end of the first half. After Al-Tamari's injury, the MHSC sector was left helpless, with only Akor Adams trying to make the difference.
Akor Adams and Elye Wahi, same fight
The last links in the two chains, the numbers 9 symbolized the waste of the evening in the last gesture. 31 shots were attempted at La Mosson (18-13 for Montpellier) and only 7 were on target (4-3 for Montpellier). And the clearest chances came from Adams and Wahi, who were disgusted in their duels by Samba and Lecomte. Back on the pitch of his training club, the Lens player had the victory at the end of his foot with three clear situations (36', 38', 60'). And what can we say about Montpellier, generous to the end but clumsy in the area of truth (69', 87'). The 0-0 takes on meaning when the regular scorers remain in check.
Adrien Thomasson didn't weigh heavily
Lined up in support of Wahi, the French attacking midfielder went through the match in a very discreet way, as did David Pereira da Costa. Too little found against the game, borrowed technically, the ex-Strasbourg player did not help his team to get out of the Mosson quagmire. He was replaced in the 65th minute by Wesley Saïd. The newcomer tried to shake the coconut tree with Angelo Fulgini but it was not enough. The Lens attack did not show enough to string together a fourth consecutive win in Ligue 1.