After a spectacular first salvo on Saturday, the 32nd finals of the Coupe de France continued on Sunday, December 19. Five matches were notably on the program in a multiplex broadcast on France 3 at 1:45 p.m. Marseille and Lens got out of the trap, but Metz fell by the wayside as soon as it entered the fray. Relive the highlights of this early afternoon.
The feat for Bergerac, striker of FC Metz
In recent years, Bergerac, resident of National 2, had made a specialty of eliminating Ligue 2 clubs, without ever affording the scalp of an elite formation. The affront is now washed away, since the Périgourdins brought down Metz on penalties after a very close meeting (0-0). Pape Matar Sarr missed his penalty for the Garnets. A real cold shower for the midfielder, who will join Tottenham at the end of the season.
Bergerac, leader of his group of N2, once again kept his cage inviolate in the Coupe de France. Better still, his five shooters succeeded in their attempts. A small feat, and above all a big disappointment for the people of Lorraine. 18th in Ligue 1, Metz will have to focus on maintaining. And will have a lot to do to redeem himself with his supporters.
OM and Lens come out with a numerical superiority
Yes, Marseille avoided the worst and finally qualified for the round of 16 by beating Cannet-Rocheville (4-1). But this victory, acquired without glory, took a long time to emerge. Worse, even playing at home against a fifth division team, the Olympians conceded the opener by Coré. Against a voluntary team and anything but curled up, Jorge Sampaoli’s players needed a penalty successful by Milik and accompanied by an expulsion from the Riviera. At ten, Cannet-Rocheville logically folded, Milik going from his hat-trick in addition to a goal from Luis Henrique.
Similar scenario in Poitiers, where Lens was seriously pushed around. The residents of National 3 bravely played their luck and even globally dominated the first period. Alas, the opening of the artesian score (by Ignatius Ganago on a mess) followed by César Neto’s red card for a high foot shortly before the break sounded the death knell for Poitou ambitions. In numerical superiority, the Lensois managed their advantage, without doubling the bet. A significant success (0-1), after five games without a win in the league.
Pascal Dupraz makes a success of his debut, Ben Yedder wears Monaco
“This first match is of paramount importance”, announced Pascal Dupraz during his presentation at the head of ASSE on Tuesday. Called to the rescue of dying Greens in Ligue 1, the Haut-Savoyard coach made a success of his debut on the lawn of Lyon Duchère (0-1). On Rhone terrain necessarily hostile to the people of Stéphane, Arnaud Nordin offered this short but precious success. The third of the season, only. Even acquired against a mid-table team from National 2, this victory could wake up a team lacking confidence. It remains to capitalize on Wednesday against Nantes, in Ligue 1.
Despite a very busy schedule between the championship and the Europa League, Niko Kovac is not the type to swing the Coupe de France. Proof of this is that the executives Kevin Volland, Wissam Ben Yedder and Aurélien Tchouaméni were there, on the lawn of the Red Star (National). By offering himself a double, the French international striker carried Monaco (0-2), finalist last year. Habib Beye’s players were not unworthy, but could not do anything against the class of the captain of the ASM.