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A look at Racing Club of Lens

Published on the 14 December 2006 à 10:00 by R.B

Lens is the heir apparent to Lyon’s crown after 17 rounds. At home they are undefeated and boast the best defence in Ligue 1 (2 goals conceded. The home fans haven’t seen an opposition attacker score in 387 minutes…

32 points on the board. 9 wins (Troyes 1-0, Valenciennes 3-0, 3-0 at Sochaux, Monaco 1-0, Auxerre 1-0, in Paris 3-1, Nantes 2-0, in Toulouse 1-0 and in Bordeaux 3-0); 5 draws (Lorient 1-1, Marseille 1-1, in Sedan 2-2, Rennes 0-0, and in Le Mans 1-1); 3 losses (at Lille 4-0, at St-Etienne 3-2 and in Nancy 2-1).

26 goals scored: 2 outside the area and 24 inside; 3 headers; 4 penalties (Jussié against St-Etienne, Monaco and Nancy; Aruna against Marseille); 1 free kick (Keita against Nantes); 5 goals after a corner 7 after centres. 12 foals in the first half. Aruna 7 goals, Jussié 4, Keita 3, Cousin 3, Demont 2, Jemaa 2, Thomert 2, Hilton 1, Coulibaly 1, CSC 1 (Ilan from St-Etienne).

15 goals conceded: 1 outside the area and 14 inside; 5 headers; 2 penalties (Nancy et Marseille); 0 free kicks; 1 after a corner; 4 after centres; 2 after free kicks. 7 goals in the first half.

Francis Gillot has called on 20 players. ‘Keeper Chris Itandje has played every minute of all 17 matches while Keita, the captain, has played in all 17 matches. 37 yellow cards: Demont 4, Kovacevic 4, Jemaa 4, Jussié 3, Si Keita 3, Vignal 3… 2 yellow cards: Si Keita and Vignal.

In Ligue 1, at the Stade Bollaert, have played Lyon 39 times OL: 21 victories, 10 draws and 8 losses; 70 goals scored and 44 conceded. Since winning 2-0 in 2001-2002 on the first day of the championship, the men from Lens have not beaten OL: 3 draws and a loss (in 2004-2005). Counting the Coupe de la Ligue match in 2003-2004, the Lens spectators haven’t seen a team score more than one goal in the last four matches. Add the last two games at Gerland and it makes six, namely: in 2003-2004, Lens 1-1 OL and 1-1 in the Coupe de la Ligue in 2004-2005, Lens 0-1 OL and OL 1-0 Lens; in 2005-2006, OL 1-1 Lens and Lens 1-1 OL.

Lens were eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue by Le Mans (1-3) in the round of 16.

The match referee will be Laurent Duhamel. He officiated Lens’ match in St-Etienne (a 3-2 loss) and OL in St-Etienne (a 2-1 victory).
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