Lance probably won’t win the championship this season, but they are very close to securing the second leading place in the group stage of the champions next season. The team from the northeast of France beat Reims 1:2 this evening (Friday) after overcoming a numerical disadvantage and setting up a turnaround in Felix Boullard. As a result, the gap from PSG narrowed to 3 points, with the champion missing a game.
Lance had a terrible start to the game. In the 10th minute, she lost her senior stopper, Kevin Danso, who was sent off with a straight red and was left with 10 players. In the 23rd minute, Reims top scorer Florian Balogan put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot with his 19th goal of the season and a whiff of surprise was brewing at the Félix Boular, a stadium where Lance have won 16 times from 18 games this season.
But Frank Hayes’ team really didn’t give up. In the 39th minute, another penalty was whistled, this time to the locals’ advantage, and Premislav Frankovski took it and tied it at 1:1. The local crowd celebrated the turnaround in the 59th minute after a great performance by Seco Popana, one of the stars of the French league this season, who scored with a kick outside the box and made it 1:2 for Lance who has been waiting for 21 years for the Champions League, and soon it will probably be there too.
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