Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals : Saint Etienne v PSG

Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals : Saint Etienne v PSG

After the excitement of the still massive and slightly random Coupe de France to reopen proceedings after the winter break, we are hitting the business end of one cup competition already, as the Coupe de la Ligue pops up with four all-Ligue 1 fixtures. Last Round Round-Up There were only three Ligue 2 teams involved in the huitiemes, and after all playing Ligue 1 opposition away in the previous round, there were similarly tricky draws here. Creteil had…

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PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

As an aperitif before the last game of the year and the Christmas break, we have the last sixteen round of the Coupe de la Ligue, with the European teams joining in the fun. Last Round Round-Up Three Ligue 2 teams made it through, and all played Ligue 1 opposition away from home, with varying degrees of difficulty. Arles-Avignon needed extra time to beat Reims 3-2 in a match where they showed much character. Nicolas…

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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Midweek league cup action ahoy! This round, the seiziemes are actually the dixiemes, to accommodate most of the Ligue 1 teams joining in and ensure the numbers are right when the European teams (and Lyon) get involved in the next round. All six of the Ligue 2 teams who have progressed are playing away from home, as are Montpellier, sort of, as they relocate to the Altrad Stadium while Mosson recovers from the recent flooding. Second Round Round-Up…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

First round round-up – 29 goals in the ten games, four of which went to extra time, three of which to penalties, and four red cards were brandished. Both of the National sides are out: Istres were seen off by an early goal from Clermont‘s Pierrick Capelle in a match which also saw a late red card as Anthony Barbier was sent off in injury time (late in match terms, but he’d only been on the pitch 20…

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Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Well, the football is coming thick and fast now – Ligue 2, the Trophee des Champions, National, Ligue 1, that weirdly-arranged friendly between Napoli and PSG, and now…the cup! The league cup, that is (the Coupe de France is currently in regional preliminary mode before the 3rd round proper in mid-September) and it’s as confusingly organised as ever. As professional status stops part of the way down the third tier, the first round is often made…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

The huitiemes are done, and there were some great matches to enjoy. Our predictions were half-right, as ever, but you can watch highlights and check out who has who in the next round below. Nantes v Auxerre Prediction: Auxerre win, narrowly, in a hopefully high-scoring encounter. Let’s say 3-2. Result : Nantes 1 – 0 Auxerre Goal-machine Fernando Aristeguieta broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes left and got the only goal in what had until then…

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Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?

Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?

This is the last call for the Coupe de la Ligue, will the final boarders please come to the gate… As an early Christmas present, this midweek sees a round of League Cup matches, with the ‘big six’ finally making an appearance. The idea of the staggered start is to give those teams playing in Europe a little bit of a break (they miss one round) but for scheduling purposes, it’s actually those teams with…

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Coupe de la Ligue: Round of “32” Results

Bastia 1 – 0 Ajaccio The not-in-Corsica-Corsican derby was won with a 7th minute strike from Bastia’s veteran Brazilian Araujo Ilan as things go from bad to worse for Fabrizio Ravanelli’s men. On the upside, nobody got sent off. Lille 0 – 1 Auxerre (a.e.t) In what was described by our roving correspondent as “a bloody awful game”, Ligue 2’s Auxerre turned over LOSC with an extra-time goal from substitute Sebastien Haller, who is having…

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