“The indestructible, the indefatigable…”, that’s how Sylvano, RCL speaker, presents it, and it’s difficult to contradict him. Florian Sotoca once again dazzled Bollaert with his generosity with and without the ball. He was responsible for the first, second and scored the third goal. The copy of number 7 is perfect. With his precise passes, he launched the passers twice, first Da Costa on a school one-two. Then he overflowed on the right side to find Wahi in the area for the break goal. All he needed was for him to score, and he did so with a well-aimed lob. All coaches dream of having a Sotoca in their ranks, and Franck Haise knows he is lucky.
In an amorphous team in the first period, it was he who led his team towards a semblance of revolt. The young French hopeful wore down the Lensois defenders with his ball catches and twirling dribbles. After recovering from numerous faults, Dilane Bakwa caused the gap to be reduced with his aggression in the Lens area. The rest of the game, he kept shooting and creating danger. At the end of the match, he was surely the best of Strasbourg.
Often the third goal of a match is the most important, and today it could have been. With a comfortable lead of 2 goals, Brice Samba and his teammates were calm and only needed to manage their advantage. Except that in the 43rd and while the RCSA was not dangerous, the blood and gold defense ran towards their goal, forgetting Bakwa at their back. The 21-year-old winger managed to keep the ball in the final meters, and the six defenders failed to contain the four attackers in front of their goal. Everyone looks at each other and not one sets foot correctly, what was supposed to happen happened and Delaine sneaks up to Samba before wrapping up. This goal restarted a match that should have been over for a long time, and Lens did not make the task easy.
If Danso and company revived the Alsatians, Sylla buried the hopes of a comeback. The start of the second half was for the Blue and White, and on the only Lensoise opportunity, Da Costa aimed Sotoca in depth but finally found Sylla. Don't panic, the Ivorian completely misses his intervention and leaves the field open to Sotoca who is delighted. For a moment we believed the Strasbourg residents were capable of coming back, but from that moment on the mission became more complicated, if not completed.