Lille and Lens, five stories of a derby

Lille and Lens, five stories of a derby

May 9, 1948, Coupe de France (final): Lille 3-2 Lens

The two clubs have met on several occasions in the Coupe de France, some of these meetings have been Homeric and the last one has also seen Sang et Or, led 2-0, topple the Mastiffs thanks to an immense Seko Fofana (2 – 2 ap, 4-3 on pens, January 4, 2022). But his most important opposition in the event was… the first! For the only time in the history of the competition, the neighbors meet in the final and the suspense ends in the 86th minute.

Before 60,739 spectators at Colombes, a record at the time, the two teams were tied 2–2 when goalkeeper Witkowski made a long clearance. In the fight with Golinski, Jean Baratte recovers the ball before going to trick Duffuler (3-2, 86th). But a controversy breaks out: the attacker seems to have made a mistake after beating the defender with an elbow. Never mind for LOSC: Winner of the event for the third time in a row, he equaled the record set by Red Star in 1921, 1922 and 1923.

The joy of Lille after their victory in the 1948 French Cup. (L'Équipe)

The joy of Lille after their victory in the 1948 French Cup. (L’Équipe)

February 5, 1977 (day 24): Lille – Lens, 0-1

We only played on the 24th, but Lille, who fell down the table, must absolutely win to believe in their chances of keeping. Played in a half Grimonprez stadium acquired for the cause of their rival, this match will end their hopes. Already victorious in the first leg (4-2), Lens prevailed in this derby in which LOSC lacked efficiency, like this post that Parizon finds at a tight angle (32º).

Twelve minutes earlier, Françoise scored the only goal of the game, with a “mine” in Chemier’s goal (20th). The missed penalty in the second half by Bousdira, the Sang et Or midfielder having his attempt repelled by the goalkeeper, changes nothing. Racing, future runner-up in France, brought their host to their knees. “Lens and Françoise condemn Lille”title by the way The team in your report. The LOSC will finish 19th, far from the first non-relegation.

Daniel Leclercq and Lens are doing very badly, that day, against Lille.  (The team)

Daniel Leclercq and Lens are doing very badly, that day, against Lille. (The team)

April 26, 1997 (matchday 34), Lens – Lille: 1-0

This time, both teams are threatened with relegation. Only five points separate Lens, 15th before this match, from Lille, 17th. But their trajectories know opposite curves. Beaten during the previous four rounds, the Mastiffs are in free fall and the substitution of Jean-Michel Cavalli for Hervé Gauthier does not have the desired effect. It’s just the opposite at Lens, where the appointment of Roger Lemerre as manager to replace Slavo Muslin has done the recovering Sang et O a world of good.

This meeting will mark a decisive turning point in the struggle for maintenance. In the 24th minute of the game, Philippe Brunel eliminated Jean-Marie Aubry and handed over to the Félix-Bollaert stadium (1-0), which had not seen a victory for his protégés in the derby for 12 years. But the main thing is elsewhere. With this result, the Lensois definitely move away from the red zone where they send Lille for the first time this season. LOSC no longer leaves it: on the 18th, it returns to D2, 19 years later.

May 10, 2008 (day 37), Lille – Lens: 2-1

“A derby for life”, headline The team in his presentation, proof of the extreme importance of this meeting. Despite the presence of players like Carrière, Monterrubio, Hilton, Aruna or Loïc Rémy, Lens, 17th, is risking its future with its neighbor Lille, 5th and in the race for the continental classification. Well compensated by Mavuba, Cabaye opened the scoring before the break (43rd), Frau doubled the advantage after the hour of play (2-0, 66th) and if Monterrubio reduced the penalty almost immediately (2-1, 69th), the marker is no longer changing.

The formation co-coached by Jean-Pierre Papin and Daniel Leclercq fell to 18th place before the final day, but Gervais Martel wanted to be confident. “This defeat does not condemn us”says the president of the RCL. He is wrong. Ten years after their championship title, Lens takes the lead in L2 after their final draw against Bordeaux (2-2). Hanging on their side in Lorient (1-1), LOSC let Europe escape, having plunged their rival into the abyss.

The anguish of Eric Carrière, while Lens sneaks into Ligue 2. (P. Lablatinière / L'Équipe)

The anguish of Eric Carrière, while Lens sneaks into Ligue 2. (P. Lablatinière / L’Équipe)

May 7, 2021 (day 36), Lens – Lille: 0-3

There is a lot at stake before this game. In the fight for the title, Lille can leave their leading position in the event of a poor result, such as Lens abandoning the idea of ​​a possible qualification for the European Cup. For the Sang et Or, just back in the elite, it’s party time: the fans blow the heat accompanying thousands, during a formidable parade, the coach of their protégés to the stadium.

But the cold shower is almost immediate. From the first minute, Lille benefited from a penalty converted by Yilmaz (4th), Lens was then reduced to ten after Michelin (35th) was sent off, and the Turk ended the suspense with a monstrous shot from the left before of the break (2 -0, 40). In the second half, David increased the score (3-0, 60th). The victory is clear, but the Lensois, embittered, criticize Clément Turpin’s arbitration. “I have the impression that we are thugs”Jean-Louis Leca was even furious at a press conference. For LOSC, the hardest part is over: two weeks later, they are champions for the fourth time in their history.

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