Monaco, Nice and Clermont eliminated, Marseille and Lens without forcing, Lyon in pain… What to remember about Saturday’s round of 32
Three Ligue 1 teams joined Strasbourg and Montpellier among the teams eliminated in the 32nd Coupe de France final on Saturday.
The magic of the Coupe de France struck again in the round of 16 on Saturday 7 January. If the defending champions, FC Nantes, qualified with seriousness against Vire (2-0), the unfortunate finalists of the last edition, Nice, already see their career come to an end, after a defeat against Le Puy, third division club (1 -0). Clermontois also fell by the wayside against Olympique Strasbourg (R1), who qualified after penalties, just like Monaco, beaten in the same exercise by Rodez (L2). ES Thaon (N3) also created a surprise by eliminating the professionals from Amiens (L2). Among the Cadores, Lens, Lyon and Marseille join the round of 16.
The exploits of Olympique Strasbourg, Puy and ES Thaon
Five divisions – this is the gap that separated the Football Club Olympique Strasbourg Koenigshoffen 06 from Clermont Foot at kick-off of this 32nd Coupe de France final. An emptiness that was not felt on the lawn, because the magic of the Cup had chosen to strike this encounter with its wand. Bewitched, the Clermontois, snappy ninths in Ligue 1, pass the shift across the board, unable to worry the locals, residing in Régionale 1, or the sixth division.
And what was supposed to happen, happened. While the great club of Strasbourg, the RCSA, he had fallen the day before on penalties against Angers, the little one, the FCOSK06, has avenged the city of storks. At the end of the regulation 90 minutes concluded by a useless draw (0-0), the penalty shoot-outs allowed Olympique Strasbourg to beat Clermont down, despite two failures (4-3). FCOSK06 thus becomes the fifth R1 team in history to eliminate a L1 team. A colossal undertaking.
After Clermont, Montpellier and RC Strasbourg; Nice were also eliminated on Saturday night, upside down, against third division club Puy Foot (1-0). The Aiglons were surprised early on, with a goal from Mohamed Ben Fredj in the third minute. Auvergne goalkeeper Jonathan Millieras later proved decisive in fending off Nice’s attempts. The course already stops for the last finalists of the Coupe de France.
Finally, last surprise, N3 side ES Thaon eliminated Amiens (P2), on penalties (0-0 then 4-2). An all the more sensational feat given that the Lorraine club, which plays in the fifth division, will participate in the round of 16 for the second consecutive season.
Monaco is sunk
All foreshadowed a cloudless end to the afternoon at the Rock, as Monaco led 2-0 after 37 minutes of play, thanks to goals from Akliouche and Ben Yedder. But Joseph Mendes’ goal gave Rodez hope just before the break, before Aymen Abdennour, a former Monegasque player, emerged from a free-kick to equalize ten minutes from time. A draw synonymous with penalty kicks.
In this match, after six attempts by both sides, it was Rodez who won 5-4. And this while Aleksandr Golovin had match point at his feet on the fifth attempt in Monaco. But his shot went sky high, giving hope to the visitors, who didn’t miss this last unexpected chance. The 5th in Ligue 1, still running in the Europa League (against Leverkusen), is already stopping in the national cup.
OM, OL, Lens and Nantes showed patience
Cold blood and rigor: this is what the Ligue 1 teams needed in the French Cup, in an early afternoon characterized by very close games (1 goal at half-time in five games). In this little game, OM, although reduced to ten in the quarter of an hour after Bailly’s expulsion, took advantage of a generous penalty to open the scoring by Alexis Sanchez (45th). Bamba Dieng then took the break (71st) to extricate Marseille from the trap against president Mourad Boudjellal’s neighbor, Hyères (N2).
At the same time, RC Lens waited for the last twenty minutes to overtake Linas-Montlhéry (N3), thanks to its two strong men of the season: Seko Fofana (72nd) and Florian Sotoca (76th).
A scenario imitated by the Stade Brestois on the Avranches lawn (N1), while Lyon was slightly shaken by the Metz (L2). In fact, the Lorrainers equalized thanks to a superb shot by Jallow (64th), but an own goal by Candé brought the Gones out of this trap.
Later in the evening, defending champions FC Nantes eliminated Vire (N3), (2-0) thanks to goals from Mostafa Mohamed and Evann Guessand. The Canaries will be able to continue defending their title in the round of 16.
The results :
Fat (N2) – The Buffer (R1) 1-0
Evreux (N2) – Bastia (L2) 1-1 (sheet 3-4)
Olympic Marseille – Hyères FC 2-0
Linas-Montlhery (N3) – RC lens 0-2
Avranches (N1) – Brest stadium 0-1
Olimpique Lyonnais – FC Metz (S2) 2-1
Olympic Strasbourg (R1) – Clermont Foot 0-0 (4-3 board)
Puy (N1) – Nice 1-0
Villerupt Thil (R1) – Annecy (L2) 1-6
Granville (N2) – Niort (L2) 0-3
Plabennec (N3) – OC (N2) 2-0 valves
Life (N3) – Nantes 0-2
ES Thaon (N3) – Amiens (L2) 0-0 (penalty 4-2)
The principality of Monaco – Rodez (L2) 2-2 (sheet 4-5)
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