Kakuta and Doucoure fire Lens past Dolly’s Montpellier

The Africans were on target as the Blood and Gold secured a valuable away victory over La Paillade

Lens defeated Montpellier 2-1 in Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash with Gael Kakuta and Cheick Doucoure finding the net.

Having suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Nice their last time out, Franck Haise’s men picked all three points at stake against Michel Der Zakarian’s side – who are winless in their last seven French elite division outings.

With just seven minutes into the game, the Blood and Gold took the lead through Doucoure who got the better of Dimitry Bertaud. Profiting from a poorly cleared corner kick by Montpellier defenders, the Malian rifled an unstoppable shot past the stranded goalkeeper.

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(0-1) 7 : BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT de @C_DoucoureOff qui enchaîne une très jolie frappe, petit filet !#MHSCRCL #rclens pic.twitter.com/YwkiKZ35zk

— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) January 30, 2021

The hosts put up a good fight in their quest to level matters, but their energies met strong resistance from the visitors who put up a solid defensive showing.

In the second half, La Paillade came out sturdier but it was the visitors who got their second goal through a beauty from Kakuta in the 67th minute thanks to an assist from Doucoure.

(0-2) 68 : BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT de #Kakuta !
MA-GNI-FI-QUE ! Quelle frappe !#MHSCRCL #rclens pic.twitter.com/c9NzEeZTyV

— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) January 30, 2021

Eleven minutes later, substitute Elye Wahi pulled one goal back for the hosts. The 18-year-old French youth international of Ivorian descent put his bicycle kick past goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca after Junior Sambia had launched a cross into Lens’ goal area.

Despite a late surge by Der Zakarian’s team, they were unable to avoid defeat as they extended their winless streak to eight.

MERCI ❤️💛#rclens pic.twitter.com/ZjBCA07tLJ

— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) January 30, 2021

Doucoure and compatriot Massadio Haidara were in action from start to finish for the visiting side, while Kakuta was replaced in the 72nd minute by Tony Mauricio. French forward of Congolese descent Arnaud Muinga was brought in for Simon Banza, whereas, Guinea’s Issiaga Sylla, Ivorian midfielder Seko Fofana, Cape Verde’s Steven Fortes and Cameroon’s Ignatius Ganago played no part in the triumph.

For the hosts, South Africa’s Keagan Dolly was handed his third start of the 2020-21 campaign, albeit, he came off for Arnaud Souquet in the 63rd minute but Algeria’s Andy Delort, Congo’s Beni Makouana and Cameroon’s Ambroise Oyongo were unused substitutes.

Thanks to this win, Lens moved to sixth in Ligue 1 log having accrued 34 points from 22 outings, with Montpellier occupying 11th spot with 28 points from the same number of matches.

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