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Coupe de France: Round of 16 without surprise and without thrill


Even if the defending champion got scared, all the L1 teams competing this Sunday qualified for the round of 16. Vierzon (

The days follow one another and look alike during these round of 16 of the Coupe de France.

On Saturday, there were no surprises with the qualifications of all the hierarchically superior teams, including 5 from L1 (Lyon, Lorient, Angers, Reims, Toulouse).

While waiting for the last two matches, an L1 duel between Brest - Lens this Sunday evening and Pays de Cassel (R1) - PSG (L1), the other Elite teams in the running have all passed.

But the defending champion, FC Nantes opposed to Thaon-les-Vosges (N3) in Épinal, had great fears.

On a very complicated pitch where the snow had been cleared, Antoine Kombouaré's team never found a solution (74% possession but only 2 shots on target) during regulation (0-0).

The Vosges team of N3 had qualified in the two previous rounds on penalties against Sochaux and Amiens, two formations of L2.

But this time, the exercise was fatal to him with two failed attempts.

Nantes, which used its recruits of the week, Florent Mollet and Jaouen Hadjam (ex-Paris FC), qualifies (4-2).

Lille did not shake (2-0) against Pau (L2).

After the goal against his side of Pau Xavier Kouassy (37th), Angel Gomes, who had just come into play, put his team away with a sumptuous shot in the skylight (2-0, 79th).

Auxerre, himself, offered a nice walk in health (4-0) in Niort, red lantern of L2.

A first for Vierzon

Annecy (L2) who was trailing by Belfort (N2) managed to come back to score and qualify during the penalty shootout (4-3).

The only little surprise of these round of 16 came from Le Puy.

The National team which had eliminated Nice in the 32nd final fell to Vierzon on penalties (3-5).

Vierzon, a National 2 team, will therefore be Tom Thumb of the 8th finals.

The draw will take place this Monday (from 7 p.m.).

While waiting for the last two matches, there are therefore 9 teams from L1 (OM, Lyon, Lorient, Angers, Reims, Toulouse, Nantes, Auxerre, Lille), 4 from L2 (Paris FC, Annecy, Rodez, Grenoble) and one from National 2 (Vierzon) among the 14 teams already qualified.

Source: leparis

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