Irresistible, Racing Club de Lens won the summit at the end of the season against Marseille (2-1) and took second place in Ligue 1 at OM, far ahead of Lille and Rennes, both beaten on Saturday and slowed down in the race to Europe.
In an incandescent and impregnable Bollaert stadium, the Sang et Or signed a new reference match to extinguish OM and now very seriously apply for direct qualification for the next Champions League.
This 15th home victory this season in 17 matches was tense, intense, sometimes without rhythm or close to degenerating… But after 90 minutes, the conclusion is clear: the Lensois seem to have everything to keep their place as runner-up. here the end of the season.
They now have a two-point lead over the Marseille rival, and only three less than Paris SG, the leader mired in a new crisis before going to Troyes on Sunday (8:45 p.m.), without Lionel Messi, dismissed by management after a unauthorized travel to Saudi Arabia.
The goals at Bollaert were scored by two strong men from the Lensois workforce: Seko Fofana with a powerful long shot (42nd) and Loïs Openda with a fatal header (60th). Entering the game, Dimitri Payet reduced the score a little too late (88th).
Openda had already been decisive at the end of April during the demonstration against Monaco (3-0), with a double. A 2nd place finish, with the C1 at stake, will it be enough to convince him to stay in the North next season?
Opposite, the comparison with Alexis Sanchez did not last long: the Chilean, diminished, left his place at halftime.
Marseille is now forced to faultless, while hoping for a Lensois misstep by the end of the season, to regain its second place.
The podium, however, seems secure, because the contenders have stalled behind.
Lille, in fact, dreamed of temporarily climbing to 4th place, synonymous with qualification for the Europa League, but Losc quickly became disillusioned in Reims (1-0), the fault of countless offensive clumsiness and a Reims goal signed Marshall Munetsi (21st).
The Northerners remain fifth in the Championship with 59 points, a week before a decisive duel in Monaco, the current 4th who goes to Angers (1:00 p.m.) on Sunday, already relegated.
A little earlier, Stade Rennes was also very clumsy on the lawn of Nice (2-1). Only Benjamin Bourigeaud found the fault with an overpowered strike (78th), but it was too late, the duo Gaëtan Laborde – Terem Moffi having distinguished themselves (50th, 72nd) to clinch Nice’s first home victory since the 10th FEBRUARY.
With 51 points, the Aiglons are eighth and come within five points of their opponents in the evening, sixth and disappointed.
“Even if the failures are repetitive and start to weigh, nothing is done,” relativized Bruno Genesio, the Rennes coach, aware of being under threat from Lyon, who can return to Rennes if successful. against Montpellier on Sunday (5:05 p.m.).
But only the first five places offer a ticket to European competition next season.
Sunday, it will also be a question of maintenance: Troyes and Ajaccio risk being relegated from this 34th day.