Marseille 2 – Lens 3- Blood and Gold, ecstatic seal precious away win

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RC Lens strolled past Olympique de Marseille with a 3-2 win on Sunday at the Orange Velodrome. Marseille wanted to improve their league standing following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Angers SCO in their previous game. Lens were beaten 1-0 in the previous match against RC Strasburg. As it stands, Marseille and Lens currently occupy 3rd and 2nd spots in the table, with 14 points and 15 points respectively after 8 matches.

Blood and Gold started strongly in the first half, thanks to Florian Sotoca giving Lens the lead, 9 minutes in. The momentum was now with Lens, who then scored again through a goal from Przemyslaw Frankowski in the 27th minute to establish a 2-0. However, Marseille weren’t lying down and managed to pull back a goal from Dimitri Payet in the 33rd minute. They then scored again, increasing their advantage thanks to a penalty 2nd effort from Dimitri Payet just before half-time, to take a 2-2 lead into half time.

Lens continued to apply pressure in the second and were rewarded, with Wesley Said finding the net, at 71 minutes, which sealed the victory for the visitors.

For Marseille, Pol Lirola, Konrad De La Fuente, Amine Harit and Luis Henrique, came on for Valentin Rongier, Pape Alassane Gueye, Bamba Dieng and Gerson. Lens replaced David Pereira Da Costa, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Deiver Machado and Jonathan Gradit for Gael Kakuta, Wesley Said, Jonathan Clauss and Massadio Haidara.

There were bookings for Pape Alassane Gueye and Matteo Guendouzi from Marseille. For Lens, Wesley Said saw yellow.

Marseille will play their next fixture away against Lille, while Lens will face Reims at home.

Technical card:
Olympique de Marseille: Pau Lopez, William Saliba, Leonardo Balerdi, Luan Peres, Cengiz Under, Gerson (Luis Henrique, min.89), Matteo Guendouzi, Pape Alassane Gueye (Konrad De La Fuente, min.46), Valentin Rongier (Pol Lirola, min.46), Bamba Dieng (Amine Harit, min.63) and Dimitri Payet
RC Lens: Jean-Louis Leca, Jonathan Gradit (Massadio Haidara, min.83), Christopher Wooh, Facundo Medina, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Seko Fofana, Cheick Oumar Doucoure, Deiver Machado (Jonathan Clauss, min.70), David Pereira Da Costa (Gael Kakuta, min.63), Florian Sotoca and Arnaud Kalimuendo (Wesley Said, min.63)
Stadium: the Orange Velodrome
Goals: Florian Sotoca (0-1, min. 9), Przemyslaw Frankowski (0-2, min. 27), Dimitri Payet (1-2, min. 33), Dimitri Payet (2-2, min. 45) and Wesley Said (2-3, min. 71)