RC Lens host West Ham in Bollaert this Saturday for their sixth and final warm-up game. Still as attractive and attractive, Karera finally faced a strong English team. Back to the heat of this meeting.
RC Lens-West Ham: 0-0 (0-0)
Saturday July 30, 2022 – 6:15 pm – 6th preparatory match
Referee: Marc Bollenger
The role play:
RC Lenses: Samba – Wooh, Danso (Boura, 90′), Medina – Frankowski (Cabot, 66′), Abdul Samed (Poreba, 80′), Fofana (cap), Machado (Haïdara, 80′) – Pereira da Costa (Saïd, 66′), Openda (Ganago, 66′), Sotoca (Baldé, 80′).
Substitutes: Pandora, Berg.
coach : F. Haise.
West Ham: Fabianski (Areola, 46′) – Coufal, Dawson (Lanzini, 61′), Zouma, Johnson, Masuaku (Coventry, 74′) – Rice, Soucek – Fornals, Bowen – Benrahma (Vlasic, 74′).
Replacements : Randolph, Ashby, Mubama
coach : D. Moyes.
Warnings: Medina (54′) for RC Lens; Soucek (29′), Johnson (50′) for West Ham.
The game :
Last match of preparation for RCL which offers a good poster against one of the participants of the upcoming Europa League. Lens celebrated the return during this meeting of the arrival of Alphonse Areola in the English ranks. Despite a warm welcome during the warm-up, the former Sang et Or player was only a substitute at kick-off
The lens started the first phase completely with a lot of energy. Generous, Sang et Or offered themselves several good chances through Sotoca (3′) and Danso (6′) but Fabianski was alert and made the necessary saves. If the English penetrations are rare, they are not as dangerous as this strike by Benrahma which is very broken. At the back, the pace slowed down and the 2 teams neutralized each other more and more. Artesian’s attacks, especially under the direction of Seko Fofana and David Pereira Da Costa, became more spectacular. West Ham will offer the last great opportunity of the season with a free kick, but there is no need to worry about Brice Samba watching. 0-0 at halftime despite artesian dominance.
The second period began with the entry of Alphonse Areola under a beautiful ovation from Bollaert who did not forget the players who scored for the club. The lens is still incisive without even providing clear opportunities. However, the peaceful artesian defense made very little demand on the English attack. Shortly after the hour mark, Franck Haise made his first changes to the combined outings of Frankowski, Pereira Da Costa and Openda for the individual entries of Cabot, Saïd and Ganago. It only takes a few seconds for the latter to pay a first strike, unfortunately countered. In 72′, Seko Fofana, full axis outside the area, gave a powerful shot that found the value of Alphonse Areola. A few minutes later, 2 new arrivals, as Franck Haise likes to say, standing with a center from Cabot on the head of Saïd, unfortunately not on target. In a Bollaert with a unique atmosphere, the end of the match was more balanced even though the final blows came from Sang et Or while West Ham was completely absent from the offensive even though Bowen touched the crossbar on its only dangerous occasion which is halftime in 89 ‘. Despite the quality score, Lens was unable to open the quality chest. However, it remains a fact that RCL did more than the same game with a European team, a week after their 1-0 success against Inter Milan. This RCL looks very promising.
Facts to remember:
3′: Lensoise’s first chance with a handover from Frankowski for Sotoca but the strike from the center forward is too low to worry Fabianski who takes the ball unconcerned.
6′: Corner for Carrera who is good on the legs at the start of the game. Danso went to Frankowski’s corner but Fabianski was on the parade. This will be a touch in favor of Career.
15′: Cross from Bowen for a shot at the entrance across the axis over Benrahma. Don’t worry Samba quietly picked up the ball.
25′: Strike from Rice deflected by Danso for a corner.
31′: Corner played quickly to 2. Frankowski crosses and forces Fabianski to intervene in the air… new corner.
39′: Blood and Gold scare. Free kick for West Ham. Masuaku then Danso continued with a header, the ball bounced off Abdul Samed’s chest and headed in the direction of the artesian goal, but Samba was on guard and got it.
50′: As Racing fought back, the referee interrupted the action due to a foul on Sotoca. A decision that angered Blood and Gold. Yellow card for the culprit, Johnson.
57′: Cross from Frankowski for Sotoca’s head that reaches the far post. Behind, Areola and Machado duel but the ball goes out 6 meters.
68′: Machado goes up his left side and finds Ganago in the box. The striker attempted a shot that was blocked by Rice and the ball returned to England’s feet.
72′: The crossroads of the Career! Long shot from Seko Fofana full axis that finds Areola’s bar! It was great!
76′: Strong cross from Cabot for Saïd’s header, but the ball is off target.
89′: The bar for West Ham! Bowen touched the value!