Clermont Foot experienced a difficult match against Lens on Match Day 27 of Ligue 1, ultimately losing 0:4. The match was heavily dominated by Lens, with L._Openda scoring three times within the first half – at the 30th, 33rd and 34th minutes respectively – and A._Claude-Maurice adding to their total with a fourth goal at the 76th minute. Clermont Foot were unable to respond in time, resulting in an emphatic victory for Lens.
Mory Diaw (rating 5)
Brice Samba (rating 7.7)
G. Kyei (K. Andric, 62)
D. Machado (M. Haidara, 46)
In their match against Lens, Clermont Foot had the advantage in ball possession with 46% to 54%, but Lens was ultimately able to capitalize on their shots. They made 13 shots on target, 6 of which were on goal. The most prolific shooter for Lens was Loïs Openda, who made the most hits on goal. Clermont Foot also attempted 9 shots at the net, 6 of which were successful. Mateusz Wieteska was their most active player in terms of number of shots taken.
Mateusz Wieteska and Yohann Magnin of Clermont Foot had a very productive game against Lens, with Wieteska completing 84% of his 64 passes, while Magnin made two key passes. Salis Abdul Samed of Lens also performed well with a pass accuracy of 95%, completing 68 passes. Angelo Fulgini from Lens was similarly impressive, making four key passes during the match.
Clermont Foot had the most interceptions this season, with ten total interceptions led by Mateusz Wieteska with three. Lens was close behind, with six interceptions, and Kevin Danso leading the way with two. Clermont Foot had no interceptions this season, while Lens had two intercepted passes, one of which was caught by Jonathan Gradit. It looks like Clermont Foot’s defense has been better than Lens’ this season when it comes to preventing interceptions.
The battle for the ball on the field is as important as any other aspect of the game. While there are many elements that contribute to a team’s success, two players have emerged as leaders in face-to-face fights for possession of the ball. Cheick Konate of Clermont Foot and Salis Abdul Samed from Lens have both proven themselves to be formidable opponents when it comes to winning possession in physical confrontations. Konate has won seven battles while Abdul Samed has come out on top in eight duels so far this season, making them both standout performers for their respective sides. Being able to win these physical battles can make all the difference in a match and these two players have shown they are capable of doing just that.
- Neto Borges (Clermont Foot) at 39 minute
- M. Haidara (Lens) at 44 minute
- D. Machado (Lens) at 87 minute
The last five games (including this match):
- Clermont Foot – LWDLL
- Lens – WDDWL
Top 5 Ligue 1 scorers:
- Jonathan David (19, Lille)
- K. Mbappe (18, Paris Saint Germain)
- Alexandre Lacazette (16, Lyon)
- Wissam Ben Yedder (16, Monaco)
- Folarin Balogun (15, Reims)
- Clermont Foot will play with Montpellier. March 19 at 14:00 (UTC), on Stade de la Mosson.
- Lens will play with Angers. March 18 at 20:00 (UTC), on Stade Bollaert-Delelis.