The title fight officially began on Friday when clinical RC Lens defeated Strasbourg 2-1 to temporarily reduce Paris St. Germain’s once-double-digit lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings to three points.
With 63 points, Lens are in second place, three points clear of Olympique Marseille in third, who will visit Lorient on Sunday. On 26 points, Strasbourg is still in 16th place.
After Adrien Thomasson’s cutback, wing-back Przemyslaw Frankowsk smoothly slipped his shot past Strasbourg custodian Matz Sels to give Lens the lead in the 10th minute.
The goal was first disallowed for offside, but when a VAR review confirmed it, a raucous cheer broke out at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
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In an effort to end the game, Lens continued to apply pressure, but Sels made a series of saves to keep the hosts in the game at the break.
When the ball landed to the Argentine defender, Facundo Medina on the edge of the area, he connected wonderfully with a volley to make it 2-0.
In the 84th minute, Kevin Gameiro of Strasbourg scored a beautiful curler to restore parity, but Lens held on to win.
After the reigning champions’ travel to Nice on Saturday, Lens may further increase their chances of capturing a second French top-flight championship when they play leaders PSG the following week.
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