During this match, Monaco first took the advantage, leading 2-0 before being joined by Lens (2-2), until, therefore, the penalty shootout. Lens goalkeeper Brice Samba was brilliant in this exercise, stopping three successive attempts.
“We didn't perform very well in the penalty shootout. I had never seen such a penalty shootout in my career. When you lose, it's even harder to accept. It’s up to the players to manage the series.” regretted Haise.
“I don't think I've ever experienced such a penalty shootout in my life, with so many misses. Penalties are mainly decided by goalkeepers, sometimes by players. Samba arrested several of them. It's never easy for young players. I think it's good to have penalties directly after the final whistle (and not an extra time session, Editor's note).” added Hütter at the end of this unbreathable session.
“We said to ourselves, he’s going to take them all out and we’re going to qualify. We knew we had someone important in goal if we went to penalties, and he proved it to us again. But we, the shooters, didn’t do the job enough.” commented Florian Sottoca after the numerous failures of Lensois.