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A look at the Racing Club de Lens

Published on the 17 January 2008 à 08:35 by R.B

Les Lensois are currently in the relegation zone with 20 points and a match in hand against Lille. In midweek, they qualified for the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue… A funny old campaign…

5 wins including 3 at home: Nancy 1-0, Auxerre 2-0, ASSE 3-2, at home, and Sochaux 2-0 and Metz 2-1, away.

5 draws including 4 at home: PSG 0-0, VA 0-0, Lorient 1-1, Caen 1-1, all at home and Toulouse 1-1, away.

9 losses including 2 at home: Bordeaux 1-0, Strasbourg 2-1, Nice 1-0, Lyon 3-0, Marseille 1-0, Monaco 2-0, PSG 3-0, all away, and Rennes 2-1, Le Mans 3-1, at home.

16 goals scored: 4 from outside the area and 12 from within; 2 penalties (Aruna v Nancy and Pieroni v AJA); 0 direct free-kicks; 2 headed goals (Coulibaly and Aruna); 2 goals following free-kicks; 3 from crosses and 0 from corners. 5 goals scored in the first half. Aruna 5, Monterrubio 4, Pieroni 2, Khiter 1, Demont 1, Coulibaly 1, Mangane 1; Sidi Keita 1. 16 goals scored from 233 shots.

26 goals conceded: 5 from outside the area and 21 from within; 0 penalties; 0 direct free-kicks; 4 headed goals; 7 goals from crosses; 2 from corners and 1 goal following a free-kick. 7 goals conceded in the first half. 26 goals conceded from 247 shots.

28 players used by Guy Roux and Jean-Pierre Papin. Runje is the only player to have participated in all 19 League games to date. Akalé, Cousin and Kalou have left the club while Belhadj and Maoulida have joined.

25 yellow cards: Kovacevic 3... 3 red cards : Aruna, Mangane and Sidi Keita.

In the last 10 meetings between Lyon and Lens at the Stade Félix-Bollaert, Le Racing has registered 3 wins, the last coming in the 2001-02 season, 2-0. They have drawn 4 and lost 3, including last season’s 4-0 defeat.

Le Racing, having been eliminated from the Coupe de France v Niort, 1-0 in the last 64, defeated Nancy 3-0 in midweek to qualify for the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, where they will face Le Mans.
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