Facing almost non-existent Angevins, despite a good start to the match, the Lensois did not force, thanks to a double from Loïs Openda (39th, 45th): the Belgian has five goals in two days and fourteen since the beginning of the season.

A few minutes before, captain Seko Fofana (who had exchanged his jersey with Jean-Louis Leca) had opened the scoring (25th) for the northerners. On a deep pass, Fofana deceived the goalkeeper with a shot from the right into the opposite net.

Brice Samba, called Thursday for the first time in the France team by Didier Deschamps, kept his goal blank, very little used. Before the start of the match, the young goalkeeper was given a standing ovation by Bollaert.

In the fight for Europe, the other northerner, Lille can continue to hope, after its victory - difficult - against Toulouse (2-0). It was not until the end of the match (86th), that the Lille defender Alexsandro deceived the Toulouse goalkeeper with a header on corner.

A few minutes later (90+6), Mohamed Bayo validated the success of the Dogues, who were long held in check because of their inaccuracy.

On several occasions, TFC could have scored, especially at the end of the match on a strike by Sierro.After this meeting, interrupted a few minutes in the first half because of an inverse hail, Lille are therefore provisionally fifth in L1. They are two points ahead of Rennes, who play Sunday against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Lille Mohamed Bayo and his teammates in Toulouse on March 18, 2023 © Valentine CHAPUIS / AFP

Bad news though: in extra time, Timothy Weah was taken out on a stretcher after a violent shock.

With a third consecutive defeat at home, Toulouse sinks into the middle of the table, in 11th place.

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