The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

Fribourg-Lens: the Lensois had the match in hand, Sallai nightmare for the Sang et Or... The tops and flops


Highlights: SC Friborg beat Lens 3-2 in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie. The win puts the away team into the last 16 of the competition. The match was played at the Europa-Park-Stadion in Bollaert-Delelis. Sallai and Wahi were key players for the away side. Brice Samba, Franck Haise and Abdukodir Khusanov were among the flops for the Sang et Or.

Yet ahead at the break, and quite clearly in fact (0-2), Lens let qualification for the round of 16 of the Europa League slip away in the second half.


To discover

  • Schedule and results Europa League

  • Schedule and results Europa League Conference

Sallai already haunts the nights of Lensois

The SC Friborg right winger was one of the key players in the second leg.

Despite not scoring in the first leg at Bollaert-Delelis, the Hungarian striker was a constant threat for the away team at the Europa-Park-Stadion.

Despite a difficult first half for his team, Sallai was the driving force behind the Friborg reaction in the second half.

Present in the area to try to reduce the gap, he was also decisive by equalizing in the final moments of regulation time.

During extra time, he played a crucial role in the qualification goal, effectively resisting Haidara's pressure.

It is thanks to his excellent work that Gregoritsch was able to seal the victory for Friborg.

Replaced in the 106th minute by Florent Muslija.

Wahi, interesting scorer then erased

His first game of the meeting was rather promising.

His teammates managed to find him several times.

Then the crucial moment arrived.

On a new opening from Gradit, Elye Wahi showed his strength by remaining stable against a defender, and he kept his calm to score.

In a duel against the opposing goalkeeper, he delicately poked the ball into the net to bring the score to 0-2 in favor of Lens.

His ability to wear down Freiburg's defense with his many smart calls was remarkable, but he didn't have the same impact in the second half.

Replaced by Guilavogui, unconvincing, in the 74th minute.

Samba saved his people for a long time

Initially clumsy in the hand, without conceding a single goal in the first half, Brice Samba long allowed the blunders of the Lens defense to cost the scoreboard dearly.

He allowed his team to stay in the match by releasing two taps on strikes from Gregoritsch (72nd, 86th).

He was unable to do anything about the three rather lucky goals from Friborg, which tarnished his match.


A losing backwards game

In the second part of the match, the Lensois were content to retreat, defend, then retreat again.

This strategy of withdrawal proved detrimental, since it ultimately led to the defeat of the Sang et Or. Franck Haise could be singled out as a possible instigator of this approach, but the Lensoise “fear of victory” probably also played a role.

Khusanov's mistakes were costly

Abdukodir Khusanov had a difficult evening.

His errors weighed in the balance and could have cost the Lensois even more, in particular with a clumsy restart in the 52nd minute and a poor reading of the game in the 57th minute, where he was taken by surprise by Röhl, allowing an incursion in the Lens area.

He was also close to causing a penalty (62nd) but took advantage of the leniency of the match referee.

He was also responsible for Friborg's third goal, as he lost a crucial aerial duel that led to the Germans' recovery.

Insignificant replacements

Guilavogui and Aguilar completely missed their entries, making poor choices and technical errors.

Fulgini tried but lacked precision in the last gesture.

Haïdara, for his part, was involved in Sallai's second goal by clumsily deflecting the ball into his own goal.

He was also struggling physically at the end of the match, although he did not play 120 minutes like others, like Sotoca, who was still at the initiative of the last Lens actions despite fatigue.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2024-02-22

You may like

Trends 24h


© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.