the Red Star surprises Lens, Montpellier has difficulty qualifying

Red Star striker Pape Meissa Ba opened the scoring in the 21st minute against Lens, Saturday March 6 at Stade Bauer, in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France.

The reunification of professional and amateur clubs in 16is of the Coupe de France final was fatal on Saturday March 6 in Lens, surprised 3-2 by the Red Star (National). The Sang et Or, astonishing fifth in Ligue 1, bit the dust at the Bauer stadium in Saint-Ouen, where, at the 91e minute, substitute Alan Dzabanale scored the deliverance goal for Red Star, a popular club in the northern suburbs of Paris.

At home, the Seine-Saint-Denis team offered constant resistance, well helped in the second half by the unexpected arrival of around thirty loyal rebel supporters, forming a mini-kop with songs, colored scarves. of the club and respect for barrier gestures… until the winning goal.

The camera has cracked and Lens too. The Lensois, surprised by the early opening of the score (21e), thought they had corrected their initial error thanks to Facundo Medina (29e) and Cheick Doucouré (49e), already a scorer in the previous round, against Nantes. But the Ile-de-France residents equalized ten minutes from time (83e) before being imposed on the gong by a player who entered the game a quarter of an hour earlier.

Laborde saves his family

Further south, it is also a replacement who released Montpellier (Ligue 1) from the trap set up by Alès-en-Cévennes, a formation without complex of National 3 (5e division). Gaëtan Laborde, left on the bench like several other usual holders, enforced the hierarchy at the end of the game. While the two teams each conceded a goal, the former Bordeaux player scored in the 84e, twenty minutes after leaving the bench.

For its part, the Sedan team, down to the fourth national level (N2), had to wait until the second period to win 2-0 in front of Saint-Louis Neuweg, a N3 team from Haut-Rhin.

Also in the afternoon, the Haut-Savoyards of Rumilly-Vallières (N2) surprised Annecy (N1) after a penalty shootout, while the two teams were 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

The defending PSG will try in the evening to show a conquering face in Brest, four days before the reception of FC Barcelona in the eighth-final second leg of the Champions League.

The World with AFP

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