Coupe de la Ligue round-up: CA Bastia Boucher-ed

Coupe de la Ligue round-up: CA Bastia Boucher-ed

In the second round of the Coupe de la Ligue there were fourteen goals in six matches, and just the one red card this time. The early game was Evian v Clermont, and this time the TV pick got goals. Both sides are unbeaten in the league so far, but Evian were looking for their first win of the season, having four draws to their name and a bye in the first round of the cup. The…

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Coupe de la Ligue: Riffi-ing on Lens’ Pain

Coupe de la Ligue: Riffi-ing on Lens’ Pain

The early game was not a great spectacle as TV got hold of the only goalless encounter of the round, as Lens took on AC Ajaccio. Lens dominated but failed to convert in the face of their own flakiness and a great performance from ACA’s goalkeeper Riffi Mandanda, who was not only making his debut for his new club, but playing his first professional match. Ajaccio played for an hour down to ten men after…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

At the time of our first round-up of the season, SC Bastia were in the relegation zone, having just dispensed with the services of Claude Makelele as manager, and brought in the head of their youth programme, Ghislain Printant, as interim replacement. In their third season back in the top flight they were struggling to pass, hold onto the ball, shoot, stop their opponents shooting, and keep their players out of the referee’s notebook. Now, they…

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AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

On Wednesday night, Bastia travel to the principality of Monaco to take on Leandro Jardim’s side for a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final. After the first few months of the season, this competition may have been seen as the only way either side would qualify for European competition. Monaco have finally got their act together under Jardim and now they must start favourites to finish in the top 4, but also get…

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Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Lille OSC v Paris Saint-Germain: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

Into the closing stages of the most involved route into Europe possible, and a set of fixtures that look likely to pit France’s two Champions League teams against each other in the final. First up on Tuesday is Lille vs Paris Saint-German at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Last Round Round-Up In the second quarter-final PSG beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at the Geoffroy-Guichard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the goal. Saint-Etienne made some good chances but put most of them…

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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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