This weekend is the huitiemes of the cup, with ten Ligue 1 teams, four Ligue 2 and two N2 clubs still in it. All T1 bands see Nantes play Brest, OM against Montpellier, Lens against Monaco and PSG host Nice. Either Nancy or Amiens will be in the quarterfinals after their all T2 match. L2 Toulouse can join them if they beat N2 Versailles, while Reims will be wary of L2 Bastia. The other N2 team Bergerac will perform in an interesting match against Saint Etienne. As an appetizer, here’s a look back at what happened in the round of 32 – as well as to cover it on the pod.
There was an opportunity to go to the Beaublanc Stadium in Limoges where N3 Chauvigny confronted IF. The tickets started at 20, and I refused the opportunity to get Omicron the night before new restrictions started – under normal circumstances I would of course have been there for all of you… Has about 8,000 fans, and since the population of the congregation is only 7,500 they were the second team in three seasons to take advantage of Limoges’ football fans. The visitors helped sweeten the deal by giving 50,000s to the hosts and taking only 20,000s out of the draw after winning 0: 3, the goals of Arkadiusz Milik and Cengiz Under before the break and a third from Amine Harit in the second half.
The other N3 sides had mixed results. La Roche VF traveled to N2 FC Versailles 78 but lost 4: 0 after a quick double from Christopher Ibayi and others from Makan Traore to Waly Diouf before the half. The Traore goal was an absolute cracker, flying home from outside the box for the first time – watch it.
AS Cannes – who won the Coupe in 1932 and as recently as the late nineties crowned L1 – went out to a Rafael Ratao goal for L2 Toulouse. ES Thaon – who, on the other hand, has never reached this stage before – was taken out by Fraser Hornby (the only Scot in Ligue 1) who for Riems Stadium.
L2’s Amiens however, scored three by Eddy Gnahore, Chadrac Akolo and Jack Lahne in eight early second half minutes. ESA Linas-Montlhery came back with a double from Tom Bouvil and a 92second minute equalizer from Baby Sylla. However, there was no magic as Yohann Thuram saved a few penalties to take Amiens into the next round. Before you ask, yes, he’s apparently Lilian’s cousin.
The winners of the last pronounced match N2 AS Glas was to my surprise only beaten by 2: 0 Nantes – with goals from Ludovic Blas and Willem Geubbels in each half. N2 compatriot OC valve was beaten by PSG 0: 4 – Presnel Kimpembe scored the first home header when a third half from Mbappe ended an unforgettable run for the Breton team. I agree with Phil on the podcast that the scoreline did not tell the whole story …
The last recent former Limoges man Ludovic Faucher ended his involvement in this season’s Coupe as Saint Etienne got an early double from Mikael Nade and Arnaud Nordin. Tiago Cardoso Moura got the ball past the six-time cup winners’ goalkeeper who scored Bajic within twelve minutes South Jura football back in it. Bakary Sako did attempt a finish, but from an awkward position, sending the ball into the away fans.ste make it 1: 4.
As well as through to the next round, N2 Bergerac continued their run of 2: 0, 6: 0, 1: 0, 1: 0, 4: 0, 0: 0 and 0: 0 and did not concede in normal time in the Coupe this season! This time the team, which at the foundation was called rather brilliant Enfants de France de Bergerac, went through against the struggling national side Creteil Lusitanos who saw their decisive fifth penalty shot wide.
Brest knock Bordeaux 3: 0 with Steve Mounie and Romain Faivre scoring penalties before Jeremy Le Douron passed in injury time. In another all L1 equal Montpellier knock StrasbourgMihailo Ristic se 20ste minute hissing ride from outside the box that hit the inside foot of the post that left the goalkeeper with absolutely no chance. He will hope to score one better than the runner-up medal he won in the Serbian Cup.
In troubled news, Rennes is out after losing 4: 3 in a twelve penalty shootout afterwards Nancy’s Mikael Biron equalized Belgian star Jeremy Doku’s opening bat. Nancy is four points behind at the bottom of T2, but is still in the Coupe! L2 Bastia scored twice against Clermont of Benjamin Santelli and goal scorer Anthony Robic.
Monaco went to L2 Rouen with Wissam Ben Yedder and FFW’s favorite Kevin (Volland) goals hitting a Kalidou Sidibe counter. The 6’7 Toulouse borrower finished well off the edge of the box.
In the last match, Seko Fofana scored a couple in open play and then buried the last penalty goal to see Lens win teen Few. Les Dogues went up two by Amadou Onana, but Lens now goes into the last sixteen with Nice who received a farewell as a result of the Paris FC OL hooliganism.
Enjoy your weekend!