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Lens overcomes personnel problems to win 2-0 at Toulouse and move off bottom spot in Ligue 1


TOULOUSE, France — Lens overcame its personnel problems to win 2-0 at Toulouse and move off the foot of the Ligue 1 table on Friday as Alharbi El-Jadeyaoui and Benjamin Bourigeaud scored their first top-flight goals.

Antoine Kombouare was without several of his regular players, with a trio of suspensions exacerbating his injury woes, so Baptiste Guillaume, Abdoul Ba and goalkeeper Valentin Belon were handed their first starts for the club.

Lens took the lead in the 11th minute when Deme N'Diaye raced down the left flank and crossed in for Alharbi El-Jadeyaoui to prod home.

Bourigeaud doubled Lens' tally shortly before the half hour following a swift counter attack.

Wissam Ben Yedder had a goal ruled out after the break for Toulouse, which was also thwarted by several fine saves from Belon.

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