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Coupe de France – Round of 32, ish

The Coupe de France wrapped up for the year on the 18th and 19th of December. As the podcast coveredall but one tie was completed with the Paris FC – OL game abandoned at the break due to a small but dim minority in the crowd… The FFF found a rather large book and hurled it at the two clubs – they are both out the Coupe have been fined, and face bans as well as OL paying to have the damage repaired.

Featured Game – Panazol Punch above their weight

A thousand or so fans waited in bright winter sunshine as the niceties were completed before kick off at Saint Lazare, Limoges FC’s home. AS Panazol had extra pictures taken as the Petit Poucet – the smallest remaining side – while their N2 opponents AS Vitre waited. The visitors were about four hundred and fifty kilometers from home but the few dozen who had come to support them were in good voice, aided by a vigorous chap with a drum. Some of the traveling fans will have enjoyed them making the last eight in 2019. However this season had seen better results in the Coupe than the league were the Brittany side had managed only one win. Panazol however had only one league loss two tiers below in the R2.

In the fourth minute everyone watched as a kick out from Artur Toroyan was hit back by a midfielder beyond the defense to a red-shirted front man! The surprised striker took a bad touch and Bertrand Sauve did well to block the shot. Sauve played with Panazol coach Mohamed Ihrab for Limoges whereas the Vitre coach Laurent Herve got a Coupe de Ligue runners up medal with Vannes and spent a season at MK Dons.

After the early scare the match remained even with no sign of the apparent gulf between the sides. Ouail Ouanjine – who scored in the last tie – was up top and his dangerous Panazol team mate Ryad Bokhari was playing deeper – too deep in my opinion. The home side had more forays into the final third and looked more likely to create a chance. It took until the 23rd minute for Vitre to have an opportunity when their best player wide left man Jordan Lebacle curled a free kick just wide.

Defender Hugo Demory cried loudly when challenged by a Panazol’s Kalifa Diambou and took a while to get up. He was booed for most of the rest of the half by the home fans, with some justification. It was however the unfancied hosts who threatened next when an in swinging corner was palmed away by Stevenn Leroux under pressure from a yellow shirt, both ending up in the net. Moments later Bokhari and Diambou combined in the box but an extra touch meant it was cleared.

As time ticked on a deserved booking set up a Vitre free kick wide. Lebacle sent in a great free kick which defender Jocelyn Laurent headed home far too easily for the home fans liking. The goal was met with more noise from the gallant band of traveling fans. Despite being one up it did not bring Vitre more into the game and it remained a balanced contest. A decent ball into the box for Labacle was cleared and a long kick from hand misjudged by a defender letting Ouanjine get goal side and a red shirt did well to prevent him shooting. From Ouanjine’s great corner Mouhamed M’Baye headed home across goal from the far post. The equalizer was merited and enjoyed by the vast majority of those present.

Even at the break it was no more than the hosts deserved as there was nothing to indicate both were not from the same level of the pyramid in the first 45.

Within ten minutes of the restart neither side had taken control. Boudinar was stretchered off and a long throw from the visitors almost created an effort. However with Bokhari pushing on a little more Panazol still looked a touch more likely to get the crucial next goal. In the 72nd minute Herve was booked on the side line after an outburst. As the tension rose a wide free kick into box was halted by the refs whistle for a foul on a Vitre defender.

In the 86th Vitre got a soft free kick and Labacle’s deliver was headed goalward by an unmarked team mate. Toroyan did very well to block it away and the in rushing defenders and attackers combined to squaf the ball to him on the ground. That however was not the last chance and a struggling Leroux saw a low shot go inches wide of his post. Five minutes into injury time a looping header was easy for Toroyan to take and a moment later a ball through was deflected into M’Baye’s path with just the keeper to beat but Leroux did very, very well to block his shot.

When the whistle blew the smallest side were still in the Coupe on merit. So to penalties it went and Vitre scored their first. Despite Leroux doing an impression of a disco dancer Panazol made it 1: 1. The Vitre captain scored and before Panazol could take their second the referee righty booked Leroux who he’d warned. Stepping up after the delay a Panazol man put his effort off the post making it 1: 2. Looking to press home their advantage a Vitre player sent the ball the same way but further off target and Panazol restored parity. Lebacle put his effort high, hitting the underside of the bar but it bounced down over the line. Panazol then made it 3: 3 with a cool finish. It was now sudden death and a visitor hit his shot to the right, Artur went the correct way and got an arm to it but the power was enough to take it over the line. Toroyan lay on the turf for a few extra moments before getting up. This meant a Panazol sub had to score, he hit the target with a driven shot but Leroux went the right way blocking it away. 3: 4

Panazol received warm applause but by the narrowest of margins, and having more than matched a side two tiers higher, their Coupe adventure ended. Vitre went into the hat for the next round though I fear for them if they get a good side.

Ligue 1 join the fun

The Ligue 1 sides joined the fun all be it briefly in the cases for four of them. Troyes went out at home despite the visitors AS Nancy-Lorriaine efforts to hand them passage to the next round. The National side had three red cards but the remaining lads won 3: 4 on pens after a 1: 1 draw. The last effort from Troyes not even being close! Lorient went out at 1: 0 Stade Rennais with Warmed Omari finishing well after a bit of eighteen yard box pinball.

N3 Bergerac Perigord triumph over relative millionaires FC Metz. After a blank ninety minutes the hosts stung the visitors like nettles 5: 4 on spot kicks after Sarr’s penalty was well saved by the home captain in goal. The hosts more than played for their jerseys and will be hoping to make another side look like Charlies as they hunger for the next game (apologies for the puns – ed.)

Pascal Leno wearing nine for ESA Linas-Montlhery had a game we’ve all dreamed of, bulleting home a header in the 9th minute against Angers then being mobbed by his bench and teammates at the corner flag having swept home a second in the 24th. The scoring ended that way as the celebrations began!

Elsewhere, Stade Brest clung onto their place in the Coupe at N3 side Dinan Lehon after the home side skied the sixteenth (SIXTEENTH) penalty – up stepped Jean-Kevin Duverne putting the ball low and just inside the left post to win it 12:13 after a scoreless ninety minutes. Monaco returned south from a trip to N side Red Star in Paris with a double from Wissam Ben Yedder. Strasbourg won 0: 1 at L2 Valenciennes in fog. Nantes needed pens to get past another L2 side Sochaux. Clermont went to Nimes stadium to play R2 Chemin-Bas d’Avignon running out 0: 4 winners with a double from Jordan Tell. Lille hosted L2 Auxerre with Jonathon David getting another as they won 3: 1. Previously featured Poitevin Stadium hosted RC Lens. The game was pretty much decided with a couple of incidents in a few minutes of each other. Ignatius Ganago scored in a six yard scramble then a rash challenge saw a home man sent off soon after. Saint Etienne had a short trip to N2 Lyon Duchere which with the season they are having was not a given. However a good strike from outside the box from Arnaud Nordin saw them progress 0: 1.

People talk about the romance of cup competitions – prior to the OM v Cannet-Rocheville clash, with the visitors on the field well before kick off, a player took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend. In the 16th minute the N3 side’s Mike Core coolly slotted the ball home having sprung the offside trap. Most of the 21,538 spectators were silent but just before the half Arkadiusz Milik scored the first of a hat trick with Luis Henrique getting the other as OM came back to win 4: 1. BTW she said yes.

A derby in Reims, where R1 Saint-anne faced big brother Stade – it was scoreless until the 89th minute when Martin Adeline capitalized on a defensive block and his shot from eighteen yards was deflected into the far corner to see the larger rival into the next round. Montpellier went to N2 ASF Andrezieux where the tie was settled by a Teji Savanier penalty in the 68th minute. Bordeaux scored ten against Les Jumeaux Mzousia, three in the first half. M’baye Niang got four of them against the side from Mayotte. SO Cholet of the National – where Cedric Leandro is now – hosted OGC Nice not that my mate made the line-up. Andy Delort scored the only goal with a header just after the hour. PSG were the last match facing Entente Feignies Aulnoye with two goals from Kylian Mbappe and one from Mauro Icardi indicating that the Parisians were not playing a much weaker side.

League 2 & National sides

Toulouse faced a sterner test than last time hosting L2 colleagues Nimes running out 4: 1 winners despite going 1 down. Onaiwu scored two then set up Healy before Ratao got the fourth. Another all L2 tie saw Guingamp lose versus Amiens or rather Chadrac Akolo who’s hattrick saw his side through 2: 3.

SC Bastia won in Feus v N3 Hauts Lyonnais 1: 3. Quevilly-Rouen equalized against N Lavallois Stadium and went onto win on pens. Dijon went one up at N3 Cannes with Le Bihan scoring an easy free kick which the keeper seemed to line up wrong. However the gardien saved a pen after it finished 1: 1 as his side went through 3: 2 no doubt much to his relief.

National side Creteil-Lusitanos beat R1 Venissieux 3: 0 with Araujo scoring two and setting up the third.

Round up

N2 FC Versailles 78 won 0: 1 at N3 US Sarre-Union. N2 South Jutland hit the net five times against Saint denis from Reunion, with talented ex-Limoges man Ludovic Faucher getting the third. N2 Vannes OC were three up at the break with a double from Sebastian Persico against N3 Wasquehal Foot. A fourth was added at the deatha s they motored into the next round.

Special mention must be made for Captain of the Round – an award I just made this up – Wilfried Rother. N3 ES Thaon faced N2 Beauvais Oise who lost a man to a red card. Wearing number five Rother scored twice including a 94th minute equalizer that saw his side line up for spot kicks. Which they duly won 4: 2 in front of 1,245 cold but it seemed very happy fans.

Papin’s N2 page C’Chartres went to N3 US Chauviny who scored with a lovely placed shot from nineteen yards by Naissim Ayadi then coolness in the box from Arsene Nsiete Zasamba either side of the half. The visitors got one back in the 75th through Amine Hemia but the hosts hung on for a proud victory.

Spare a thought for R2 Montauabn FC who faced N3 La Roche VF. The first goal came for the underdogs in the 62nd minute when a corner was swung in and the visitors keeper and number four got in each other’s way. Eddy Feltin smashed the ball home from six yards. However in the 88th minute the home keeper came to punch clear at the edge of his box and instead knocked it up and behind him to Antonin Berjon who was able to head home despite the efforts of two defenders who ended up in the net. In the 92nd minute he again came to punch and again but his poor contact landed at the edge of the box where it was volleyed goalward by a La Roche man. It thundered off the post falling to the only white shirt near the six yard box and not the three yellows in the vicinity! Roman Billet blasted the ball home buying a ticket for the next round. The keeper was clearly upset as sometimes things just do not go your way…

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