The Red Star will battle it out with Quevilly, another member of the National, this Saturday with a place in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France.
For their 4th match in 11 days in all competitions, the Audoniens, in fact, dominated their neighbor Créteil (1-2) on Tuesday at the Duvauchelle stadium in a late match in the 8th round.
This is a great performance for the Seine-Saint-Denis club, which this year celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the first of its 5 coronations in this event.
The Red Star quickly took the lead following a volley from Pape Meïssa Ba (0-1, 4th) his last recruit in the winter transfer window on loan from Troyes (L2), before being joined, just before the pause, on a magnificent free kick in the skylight signed Ludovic Pancrate (1-1, 37th).
He finally returned to his top scorer, Damien Durand (5th National director with 9 goals), to offer qualification to the Audonians by converting a penalty following a hand fault in the area of Matthias Llambrich at the end of the game.
“It's good, we had a good match, even if we should have made the difference in the first half hour, judges Audonian coach Vincent Bordot.
We have already had a good trip, but we want to continue the adventure by trying to do as well as last year.
The marathon continues
Sixteenth finalist last year (beaten 2-1 by Nice), the Red Star will therefore receive the Normans, finalists of the France Cup unhappy in 2012 against Lyon (0_1).
In the fight for the rise in L2, the Red Star (3rd) and Quevilly (2nd) had not managed to share (2-2) in the first leg in the league on December 18.
This time, it will take a winner to obliterate his ticket for the round of 16, coinciding with the reunion with the clubs L1 and L2), scheduled for the weekend of March 6 and 7.
Until then, Bordot's men will continue their marathon.
After their meeting against Quevilly, they will travel to Villefranche on February 23, then to Concarneau four days later as part of the championship.
"We know Quevilly well, we must not make the slightest mistake to qualify, announces Bordot.
We will do a little spinning even if we cannot change the whole team from one game to another.