the Parisian ogre has a successful start to the year, Brest fourth in Ligue 1 club eliminated

Uruguayan Edinson Cavani scored twice when Linas-Montlhéry and PSG met at the Bobin de Bandoufle stadium on January 5.
Uruguayan Edinson Cavani scored twice when Linas-Montlhéry and PSG met at the Bobin de Bandoufle stadium on January 5. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

After yesterday's Reunion surprise (qualification of Saint-Pierroise) and the Lyon offensive festival in Bourg-en-Bresse (7-0), the 32es finals of the Coupe de France continue on Sunday 5 January.

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And it’s Marseille that almost fell through the cracks. OM were pushed to the penalty shootout by Trélissac who plays in National 2, the equivalent of the fifth division (1-1, 4 shots on goal by 2). For its part, Lille also had a few scares after leading 3 to 0 against Raon-l'Etape (3-2) and Saint-Etienne did not tremble in Corsica dominating Bastia-Borgo (3-0 ).

There will have been no miracle for the little chicks of the Ile-de-France in the sixth division against the ogre of the capital. Without the stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, spared, the champion club of France respected the amateurs who faced it. Thomas Tuchel's men easily won 6-0 at the Bodin stadium in Bondoufle (Essonne). The young Adil Aouchiche, 17, opened the scoring at the 30e minute. Edinson Cavani of Uruguay (40e and 60e) and the Spaniard Pablo Sarabia (63e and 68e) came to widen the gap with each a double. Cameroonian Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting hit the nail on the head (87e).

  • Trélissac-Marseille: 1-1 (2 shots on goal to 4)

It would have been slow, but OM finally won on penalties against Trélissac (Dordogne), a National 2 team. OM did not go far to relive the humiliation of the previous edition at the same stage of the competition against Andrézieux (2-0 defeat), another amateur club of the same level.

Reduced to ten following the expulsion of Hiroki Sakai (90e + 1), Marseille suffered a large part of the match, while coach André Villas-Boas had chosen not to rotate the squad and to align a composition close to his typical team.

The Marseillais were quickly led to the score in the first minute of the match following the opening of the score by Abdoulaye Diaby. The Trélissacois took advantage of a poor clearance from Yohann Pelé to counter the ball which ended its run in Marseille goals. A lobe of Dimitri Payet came to equalize the teams (20e).

After his blunder, the Marseilles goalkeeper finally turned into a hero, stopping two shots on goal.

  • Raon-l'Etape-Lille: 2-3

Lille have quietly controlled the debates for more than an hour, scoring three goals by Luiz Araujo (14e), Jose Fonte (47e) and Loïc Rémy (63e), before offering some cold sweats. The Vosgiens of Raon-l'Etape, a modest resident of National 3, have crudely defended their chances. They scored twice in the last quarter hour (76e and 83e) to ultimately fail at an LOSC goal.

  • Bastia-Borgo-Saint-Etienne: 0-3

The Greens have perfectly negotiated the winter recovery. While traveling in Corsica, AS Saint-Etienne, who have not won the Coupe de France since 1977, easily won 3-0 against the Bastia-Borgo club, currently 13e du National, the third French division. Goals were scored by 21-year-old Arnaud Nordin (33e and 94e), and even younger, Wesley Fofana, 19 (46e).

  • Reims Sainte-Anne-Montpellier: 0-1

He is a 42-year-old veteran, the Brazilian defender Hilton, who offered the qualification to the professionals of Montpellier against the amateurs of Reims Sainte-Anne (Regional 1). The first club of world champion Robert Pirès, with whom he won the Coupe de France to seven of the chicks in 1983 at the age of 9, resisted well but failed to return this previously acquired score, from the 6e minute of play.

And four … Beaten at his Breton neighbor, Brest is the fourth Ligue 1 club eliminated during these 32es final. After Reims, Amiens and Toulouse, the Brestois fell 2 to 1 against the Lorientais, during overtime. Yoane Wissa scored the liberating goal at 112e minute.

  • Valenciennes-Dijon: 1-2

Dijon did not take advantage of their lead long after Sammaritano opened the scoring (14e). Four minutes later, Valenciennes responded with a penalty converted by Teddy Chevalier (18e). After a balanced first period, Dijon finally managed to win thanks to a goal by Lautoa (74e). What bring a little confidence to a burgundy club struggling in Ligue 1 and pointing to the 16thsquare.

  • Nice-Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël: 2-0

Reduced to ten from the twenty-fifth minute, the players of Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël playing in National 2, will have long resisted against the Nice. The 7,000 spectators at the Allianz Arena would have had to wait for the 60e minute to see the OGC Nice open the scoring on a crossed head of Boudaoui. Nice only managed their lead late in the game, doubling their goal on Ounas. For the first time in six years Nice has qualified in 16es finals of the Coupe de France.

Like Nice, Angers will have taken time to find the fault against Dieppe. Only at the 68th minute Angers opened the scoring on a Thomas goal. Then the match got carried away: SCO doubled the bet, before conceding a goal against the National 2 club in 84e. At the end of the match, the Jean-Dasnias stadium in Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie got carried away and pushed, but that was not enough. Dieppe even ends up conceding a last goal from Capelle (90e +4).

  • Hombourg-Haut-Prix-les-Mézières: 0-3

The beautiful history of the Coupe de France has ended. Hombourg-Haut, Regional 3 club (8e national level), was so far the little thumb of these 32es final. The club which was still evolving at the departmental level two years ago was logically eliminated by Prix-les-Mézinières. The National 3 club quickly dominated the debate, scoring two goals in the first period, then a third at the very end. The Coupe de France will have to find a new darling.

Grande-Synthe-Nancy: 0-1; SSG-Epinal agreement: 0-1


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