BY ADRIEN LEJEUNE, IN MARBELLA
A few hours after the draw against Las Palmas, the Mastiffs are back on the pitch for the second game in Spain. In the beautiful facilities of the Marbella Football Center, Lille face Espanyol Barcelona this Sunday morning. In front of nearly 1,000 spectators, LOSC lost by conceding two goals in the second half. Next game next Friday against Cadiz.
Ten hours of repair and the Mastiffs were back in battle. After a great draw against Las Palmas last night (2-2), Jonathan David’s teammates, once again a scorer, faced the fourteenth in the last season of La Liga, RCD Espanyol Barcelona. Both teams that changed coaches in the offseason are looking for their first win after a draw for each side. Friday night the men of former Granada coach Diego Martinez conceded a goalless draw against Las Palmas (0-0), they will face Napoli for their last pre-season game before starting their championship against Celta Vigo. In the Spanish squad, there are two famous faces from Ligue 1 with the former Monaco goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte and Sergi Darder, Olympique Lyonnais midfielder from 2015 to 2017.
THE FIRST PERIOD
To give maximum playing time to each player, players who finished the game last night will start this morning. Léo Jardim lined up in goal with the hinged Alexsandro in front of him and captain Jose Fonte, Akim Zedadka and Gabi Gudmundsson on the flanks. In the midfield, coach Paulo Fonseca relies on Benjamin André and Amadou Onana, Angel Gomes is a little higher on the field. Ultimately the offensive animation was handed over to Edon Zhegrova, Jonathan Bamba and Jonathan David at the point. The first time was for LOSC with a cross from the left, Benjamin André headed to Jonathan David but his shot was blocked at the last moment (2′). In the following action, Alexsandro launched Jonathan Bamba deep, the number 7 found Angel Gomes on top, Benjamin Lecomte intervened (4′). It wasn’t until the 7th minute that Espanyol’s first shot was well saved by Léo Jardim. After a very strong start, the pace dropped a bit and the Spaniards were more pressing on Lille’s goals and Léo Jardim once again had to work on a shot from Javier Puedo (19). Edon Zhegrova, in the legs of this first half, was on fire on his right side, he entered the center but he was pushed at the entrance to the top. Mr Dominguez Cervantes did not whistle and warned Jose Fonte slowly (21 ‘). After a cold break, the Mastiffs went back on the attack but Edon’s shot was saved by a header from a Spanish defender (33′). In the next action, Espanyol almost opened the score but Jose Luis Sanmartin found the post of a Léo Jardim who was happy to recover the ball (35’). LOSC push in front of the break, found in the depth of Akim Zedadka, Benjamin André projects and crosses for Jonathan David, the Canadian striker is a little too short to recover the ball (41 ‘). The referee will blow the whistle at the end of the first period with a score of 0-0 where each team will have a chance to open the scoring.
THE SECOND PERIOD
When they returned from the locker room, both teams did not change. As in the first period of the game balance, everyone is trying to improve their game. In a corner kick taken by Edon Zhegrova, Benjamin André with a header is very close to deceive Lecomte (58′). In the following action, the LOSC agreed with the opener. Losing the ball from LOSC in the middle, a Spanish player tries a shot that is denied by Léo, Joselu receives the ball in the box and deceives the Lille goalkeeper (59′). Paulo Fonseca made three changes on the scoreboard with the return of Raghouber, Martin and Yazici in place of Alexsandro, André and Gomes (61′). The break goal was scored moments later on a deep ball from Ruben Sanchez for Javier Puedo. The Spanish number 9 left on the offside limit deceived Léo Jardim with a subtle dive (64′). LOSC reacted through an intermediary who was knocked down twice by Benjamin Lecomte (68′). In the last twenty minutes, Léo Jardim gave way to Adam Jakubech and Amadou Onana to Matteo Makhabe (70′). Well launched by Jonas Martin, Jonathan Bamba also tackled Benjamin Lecomte (74′). Jonathan Bamba almost reduced the score again but his shot went just wide of the right corner (86′). The referee whistled to end the match with a score of 2 goals to 0 for the Spanish who took advantage of the hour mark.
LOSC lost 2-0 against a good team from Espanyol Barcelona, but the Mastiffs deserved better because of their many chances. They fell to an excellent Benjamin Lecomte who knew how to preserve the advantage gained by Diego Martinez’s players after the break.
‘ THE MATCH SHEET
LOSC – RCD SPANISH BARCELONA 0-2 (0-0)
3rd preparatory meeting – Period 2022-2023
Sunday July 24, 2022 (10:30 am) – Complexe Marbella Football Center (1000 spectators)
Referee: Dominguez Cervantes
Objectives: Joselu (59′), Puado (64′)
Warnings: Cast Iron (21′), Alexandro (27′)
LOSC: Jardim (Jakubech) – Zedadka (Ramet), Fonte (Yoro), Alexsandro (Raghouber), Gudmundsson (Burlet) – Onana (Makhabe), André (Martin), Gomes (Yusuf Yazici) – Bamba, Zhegrova (Weah), David ( clothes)
coach : Paulo Fonseca
RCD SPANISH: Lecomte – Cabrera Gomez (Pol Lozano), El Hailali, Oscar Gil (Nicolas Melamed), Ruben Sanchez (Embarba) – Bare (Villahermosa), Vinicius de Souza, Darder – Puado (Daeovie), SanMartin
coach : Diego Martinez Penas