A sensational second-half performance at the Félix-Bollaert stadium saw RC Lens bring their hopes of a place in the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League alive as they won 3-1 against RC Deportivo La Coruña.
Trailing to a 15th-minute Roy Makaay goal, Joël Muller's men went in at half-time in disarray, before coming out to win the game with goals from Adama Coulibaly, Daniel Moreira and Olivier Thomert in a torrid second half for Javier Irureta's team.
Having started the game with four men up front, Lens had looked like they would take the game to their visitors; but in fact Deportivo started the game looking stylish, composed and extremely slick. They opened the scoring in style after 15 minutes as Makaay, playing as a lone striker, received the ball in the penalty area and forced goalkeeper Guillaume Warmuz to commit himself before scoring with a shot from a narrow angle.
Stunned by the early setback, Lens struggled to break back into the game as a Deportivo defence, featuring the 39-year-old Donato Gama, dealt with everything the French side could throw at them. Indeed on the stroke of half-time, they nearly went a second goal behind as Joan Capdevila's pass from the left was deflected on to Warmuz's right-hand post by defender Rigobert Song before bouncing to safety.
However, after the interval Lens were a completely different side and Deportivo goalkeeper Juanmi García was forced to make a terrific save within seconds of the restart, from a heavily deflected shot by Senegalese international Pape Bouba Diop.
Deportivo continued to defend deep but their tactics came unstuck after 61 minutes as Coulibaly levelled with a shot from the edge of the area which cannoned off both Fran González and Mauro before beating Juanmi just inside his left-hand post.
The visitors could easily have been ahead again five minutes later as Capdevila blazed a promising loose ball over the crossbar, and they were made to pay for their profligacy after 79 minutes as Lens won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area for a late challenge by Donato.
The ball was laid off for Moreira, and as the Deportivo defensive wall disintegrated, he hammered an unstoppable shot through the packed penalty area. The luckless Juanmi was beaten for a second time, and Lens's unhappy record of never having scored more than one goal in a Champions League game was broken.
The goalkeeper's miserable evening was completed after 84 minutes when an embarrassing handling error extended Lens's lead further. Juanmi got his hand to Olivier Thomert's low, angled shot but could only palm it upwards into his own goal.
The celebrations at the final whistle in Lens reflected the fact that, with four points from four games, the French club are still in with a chance of qualification. Deportivo still have six points, but their defeat has allowed FC Bayern München back into Group G and the German side could qualify if they beat Lens and Deportivo in their next two games.