Coupe De France 8emes – Thursday – Bergerac v Lille
So far, there’s been a big cupset as CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beat Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0 with goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili; also, National side Avranches beat Ligue 2’s Strasbourg on penalties. It looked like Strasbourg would prevail after an injury time equaliser from Vincent Gragnic cancelled out Christopher Mayulu’s opener, but the home side held out, eventually winning 6-5 in the shoot-out.
The other results went with the form-book as Angers won away at CA Bastia (Famara Diedhiou with the only goal), Bordeaux recovered from going behind to win 2-1 against Lorient, PSG won away at Niort 2-0, and Guingamp scored two in two minutes to see off Quevilly, although the National side managed an injury-time goal themselves to keep things respectable. Then the grand choc of the round was very much that, as Marseille v Monaco nearly lived up to our score prediction – just the seven goals over 120 minutes as OM equalised three times but were finally downed by Thomas Lemar.
Bergerac (CFA) v Lille (Ligue 1) – 21:00 CET
The lowest ranked team remaining in the competition – and hence the wearers of the PMU Petits Poucets Jersey (get it? Bergerac? Jersey?!) – are Bergerac, who earned their place in the Round of 16 with an excellent 2-0 win over Ligue 2 high-fliers Lens, Sébastien Bouscarrat with a marvellous header and Grégory Covin with an even better volley.
Also challenging for promotion (the team is second in its CFA group), the team settled itself with a 1-0 over Mantes at the weekend, after three defeats and a draw in their previous four matches.
Having knocked out Lens, they now have the chance to do the same to their victim’s big rival Lille, who reached this stage with a 1-0 win over Nantes. Currently 15th and only two points above the relegation play-off place, Ligue 1 survival is certainly the priority for les Dogues. A new permanent temporary coach in place in the form of Franck Passi, who will make way in the summer for Marcelo Bielsa (at the time of writing), shows that there is many a plan afoot at the club, but the team is still struggling to put a run together and lost 3-2 at home to Bordeaux at the weekend, finishing the match with nine men.
So, they have lost four of their last five in the league, their top-scorer Nicolas de Preville has six goals, and they travel to Toulouse at the weekend in a key match for their league season.
This tie should be a good chance to make some positive Cup progress. But a surprise defeat would be a big blow to the team’s already fragile morale. The stakes are high for Lille here.
Angers v Bordeaux
Avranches (National) v PSG
Monaco v Bergerac (CFA) or Lille
Frejus-Saint-Raphael (CFA) v Guingamp
Matches will be played on 4 and 5 April.