Openda scores again as Lens pushes for Champions League spot

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Loïs Openda continued his scoring spree as Lens beat Toulouse 1-0 on Tuesday to keep the pressure on second-place Marseille in the race for automatic Champions League qualification.

Third-place Lens trails Marseille by one point and can overtake the southern team when they play on Saturday.

Openda, who scored twice in a 3-0 win over Monaco in the last round, brought his season tally up to 18 goals when he found the net in the 33rd minute after Massadio Haïdara’s cross.

The 23-year-old Belgium forward has scored six goals in his past six league games.

Toulouse couldn’t maintain its momentum from winning the French Cup on Saturday night, when it routed Nantes 5-1. Toulouse is in 13th place and is nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Paris Saint-German leads Marseille by five points.


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