By Florian Brassart
updated on 30 Jul 22 at 20:08
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Last rehearsal before the resumption. This Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 6:15 p.m., the RC Lens received West Ham as part of a friendly game. More than 33,000 supporters filled the bays of the Bollaert-Delelis stadium and nearly 500 English were present in the visitor park. The two clubs neutralized each other. Final score: 0-0. Relive our live.
Relive our live
90+3′ – It’s the end of the game. RC Lens and West Ham leave in a draw, 0-0. The Sang et Or will host Brest on Saturday August 7 at 3 p.m. for the opening of the Ligue 1 championship.
89′ – The bar saves Samba! Lanzini slips a love ball for Bowen into the box. The Englishman takes a volley and hits the crossbar. Phew!
88′ – Umpteenth distant attempt by Fofana. This time, it largely misses the mark.
85′ – We are still waiting for a goal from Bollaert as the kop launches a “caterpillar” in the stands.
81′ – Triple change for Lens. Haidara, Poreba and Berg replace Machado, Abdul Samed and Sotoca.
76′ – Cabot accelerates on the right side and sends a powerful cross towards Saïd who can only graze with his head. The ball goes far from the opposing goals.
72′ – WHAT A STRIKE FROM FOFANA! After a superb movement initiated by Ganago, the Ivorian lights up at 30 meters. The ball crashes into Areola’s bar. All Bollaert believed in it!
69′ – Machado overflows on the left side, passes back to Ganago who fires a cross shot, countered by Rice.
66′ – Openda, Da Costa and Frankowski give way to Ganago, Saïd and Cabot.
64′ – Nice exit from Areola in front of Openda launched at full speed.
Fofana touches the bar
61′ – There is more and more space in the English defense but the Lensois attackers lack accuracy for the moment.
56′ – Cross from Frankowski who finds the head of Sotoca. Machado throws himself at the far post but he is too short to regain the leather.
54′ – Fofana recovers a ball from 30 meters, he shifts Sotoca who tries to put him back in the box but Coufal intervenes.
53′ – Another yellow card issued by the referee, Marc Bollenger. This time it is addressed to Medina.
50′ – Johnson receives a caution following a late foul on Sotoca. The public rumbles because Lens went against …
46′ – It’s back to Bollaert! Only one change should be noted: Areola, the former Lensois, replaces Fabianski in the West Ham cages.
Half time. Despite dominating the game, the Sang et Or did not find the fault in these first 45 minutes. Racing stumbles against a very close-knit West Ham team.
45’+1′ – The referee whistles the break. The players join the locker room with a goalless draw.
45′ – Launched into the box, Openda tries a hook followed by a curling shot but Dawson blocks his attempt.
44′ – Still no goal for Bollaert. Franck Haise’s players come up against a well-grouped, solid and rigorous defensive team.
39′ – Fear in the blood and gold defense! Masuaku kicks a nice free kick in the last meters of the Lens area, Danso sends a header on the chest of Abdul Samed and the ball almost ends up in Samba’s cages. Fortunately, the artesian guardian was vigilant.
34′ – Small Openda festival on the left side which shifts Da Costa whose right foot center ends in Fabianski’s gloves.
33′ – Dangerous cross from Coufal in the Lens area, Samba intervenes like a boss in the air.
31′ – The corners follow one another for the RCL but Fabianski and his defense are doing well.
29′ – Soucek’s anti-game foul on Fofana. The Czech is penalized with a yellow card.
The Lensois in legs, the shy Londoners
27′ – Nice movement between Da Costa, Fofana and Machado. Unfortunately, the center of the Colombian is repelled by the opposing defense.
25′ – Long shot from Rice deflected from the head by Danso. The corner that follows does nothing.
22′ – The pace has dropped a little but Racing monopolizes the ball and continues to move forward against very timid Londoners.
16′ – The 35,000 Lensois supporters present create an incredible atmosphere!
14′ – First shot on target for the Hammers. Bowen crosses back for Fornals, the Spaniard’s strike is not strong enough to worry Samba.
11′ – Franck Haise’s players are present in the physical duel with the Londoners. West Ham have yet to create a chance.
6′ – What a save from Fabianski! The Polish goalkeeper takes out a header from Openda at close range to save his own.
5′ – The Sang et Or entered their match well and jostled the Hammers.
3′ – First opportunity for Lens! Frankowski is found in the area, he hands in a touch to Sotoca who tries a cross shot. The latter is captured by Fabianski.
1′ – The kick-off is given to Bollaert! The Lensois are the first to have possession of the ball.
The pre game
Finish the preparation in style. This is the objective of the players of Franck Haise this Saturday evening in a Bollaert (almost) filled. The Lensois have not lost any of their five friendlies so far and are coming off a fine win against Inter Milan last weekend.
But the opposition will be very different this Saturday. “West Ham is a team capable of being very vertical, of playing in transitions, which knows how to use a more direct game with a lot of intensity. It will be a good test, ”explained Franck Haise, Racing coach, this Friday at a press conference.
Unlike the Milanese, the Londoners are at the same level of preparation as the Sang et Or and will resume their championship on the same day, August 7. We can therefore expect a meeting hanging on Bollaert.
Have a good game everyone!
The essays :
RC Lens: Samba – Wooh, Danso (Boura, 90+2nd), Medina – Frankowski (Cabot, 66th), Abdul Samed (Berg, 81st), Fofana (c), Machado (Haidara, 81st) – Pereira da Costa (Saïd, 66th) , Sotoca (Poreba, 81st), Openda (Ganago, 66th).
West Ham: Fabianski (Areola, 46th) – Zouma, Dawson (Lanzini, 62nd), Johnson – Coufal, Rice (c), Soucek (Downes, 86th), Masuaku (Coventry, 74th) – Benrahma (Vlasic, 74th), Fornals, Bowen.
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