Lens prepares Monaco match with LOSC victory
Led by two to zero at half-time, LOSC seemed to have the upper hand over their great rivals in the knockout stages of the Coupe de France, but Lens captain Seko Fofana had other ideas. After scoring a brace in the second half – the second of which came seconds before the final whistle and sent the game on penalties – the influential midfielder hit the shot on goal that allowed the fairytale turnaround.
Haise: “My team gave everything”
“Tonight was a roller coaster of emotions, for sure, and the evening ended in style, it’s great. It’s the magic of the coupé”, declared Franck Haise, the boss. from Lens. “It would have been a great league game that ended in a draw, not an unfair result, but a winner was needed. Lille were clinical when we made mistakes in the first half, they defended well and were strong up front. But my team gave it their all and got a boost from our fans. “
A difficult night for Mastiffs – in particular Amadou Onana, who scored both LOSC goals in a superb first half, as well as captain Jose Fonte and star midfielder Renato Sanches, both of whom missed their shots on goal.
Clashes on the front page
With the draw for the next round of the competition taking place just after the match, Lens immediately learned that they were now going to do battle with Monaco – under the aegis of new boss Philippe Clément – in a round of 16 that also pitted the holder Paris Saint-Germain against the resurgent OGC Nice (which leaves its pass for the round of 16 survives the administrative call from Lyon) and OM against its rivals on the south coast of Montpellier.
The round of 16 will be played on January 28, 29, 30 and 31.
The full draw for the round of 16
Versailles (D4) – Toulouse (L2)
Bergerac (D4) – Saint Etienne (L1)
Marseilles (L1) – Montpellier (L1)
PSG (L1) – Pleasant (L1)
Nancy (L2) – Amiens (L2)
Lens (L1) – Monaco (L1)
Reims (L1) – Bastia (L2)
Nantes (L1) – Brest (L1)
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