A strong attacking display from Elye Wahi and David Pereira Da Costa saw RC Lens move into sixth place with a 3-1 win over RC Strasbourg.
Ahead of the return of European football for Lens this week, Le Sang et Or welcomed a Strasbourg side who had been in strong form since November playing well in the Coupe de France and earning strong wins in the league as well. Patrick Vieira’s side were missing several players in attack, though, and failed to get to grips with the hosts’ gung-ho approach.
Facundo Medina worked hard to get forward from the left side of defence, and was instrumental in pinning back Strasbourg’s forwards. It was Pereira Da Costa and Wahi, though, who combined for the hosts’ first two goals with Wahi scoring for the first time since November in the sixteenth minute.
Wahi then turned provider with a fine ball to set up the Portuguese attacker on the half hour, but Strasbourg reacted well, and pulled a goal back just before the break through Thomas Delaine, who was playing as a makeshift winger.
Strasbourg continued their strong play after the break, but it would be Lens who would get the next goal, with the hard-working Florian Sotoca scoring his fourth goal of the year to make it 3-1. Both sides made several changes, but save a few saves from Strasbourg’s Alaa Bellaarouch, there were few dangerous chances for either side, leaving Patrick Vieira to lament the stress of playing three matches in eight days with so many absences.
“A third match in eight days is tough. We ran a lot this evening and the third Lens goal took the wind out of our sails. We felt a lot of fatigue, there was less clarity in our shooting and decisions." #RCLRCSA (3-1) pic.twitter.com/Nwfo4fgqBO— Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace English (@RCSA_English) February 10, 2024