Witness the full match replay and highlights of Lens vs Sevilla. The match will KICK-OFF at 17:45 (GMT) on 12th December 2023. The appointed referee for this electrifying clash is F. Zwayer. Get ready for the action at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Brace yourself for this riveting encounter in Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group B, Season 2023/2024.
Lens vs Sevilla Full Match Reports
Lens secured the necessary point to clinch the third spot in UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group B with a thrilling 2-1 victory over bottom-ranked Sevilla. This win not only secured the Blood and Gold a place in the UEFA Europa League but also dashed Sevilla’s hopes of claiming Europe’s second-tier competition for an eighth time, setting a record.
Amidst a vibrant atmosphere at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens had a shaky start with Kevin Danso misdirecting a header, leading to a corner that Sergio Ramos narrowly nodded wide. The first half became more challenging for Lens when Nampalys Mendy suffered a hamstring injury, forcing Neil El Aynaoui to step in. The match seemed to lack energy until Sevilla’s captain, Ivan Rakitić, jolted everyone with a powerful shot that Brice Samba skillfully tipped over the bar. Unfortunately for Sevilla, Kike Salas’ flick-on from Rakitić’s delivery missed the target.
Despite Sevilla dominating possession and earning seven corners in the first half, they managed only two shots on target. Diego Alonso, Sevilla’s manager, hadn’t secured a victory against any top-flight opposition since taking charge in October, but he hoped to break that streak, especially knowing that a win would propel them above Lens in the standings.
Sevilla hit the crossbar in the 57th minute through Adrià Pedrosa, but Lens turned the tide shortly after. Elye Wahi’s run down the left set up Facundo Medina, whose attempt to shoot connected with the foot of the recovering Boubakary Soumaré, resulting in a penalty. Despite protests, VAR confirmed the decision, and Przemysław Frankowski calmly converted from the spot.
Feeling unjustly treated, Sevilla earned a penalty as Medina was accused of pulling En-Nesyri’s arm. Although Samba initially denied Ramos, a retake was ordered, and the 37-year-old executed a beautiful panenka, earning a booking for catching Samba while retrieving the ball.
However, in a dramatic turn, Pedrosa’s late mistake allowed Florian Sotoca to find Angelo Fulgini in stoppage time. The substitute finished with flair, securing Lens more European nights in the future, while Sevilla turns their focus solely to domestic competitions.
Man of the Match: Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla).