Caen stun Lyon, book date with PSG
SM Caen's 1-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the Coupe de France quarters - clinched by Ismaël Diomandé's barnstorming late header (77') - set them up for a mammoth task against four time holders PSG in their first-ever semi-final.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Coupe de France, quarter-finals
Stade Michel d'Ornano, Caen
SM Caen 1 - 0 Olympique Lyonnais
Diomandé's lone strike brought the crowd at the Stade Michel d'Ornano to its feet and for good reason: the Normandy club have never made it to the Coupe de France semis before, but now they are looking ahead to an epic showdown as Paris Saint-Germain come calling in the semis on Tuesday April 17.
But before they were booking a date with destiny, Patrice Garande's men set about dealing with Lyon, who travelled to Normandy without Nabil Fekir and Mariano Diaz.
Caen on historic track
The injured stars were sorely missed by the visitors as Caen 'keeper Brice Samba repeatedly stepped up with key saves - most notably denying Maxwel Cornet twice as Lyon pushed hard for a leveller after Diomandé had stormed into the area to head Stef Peeters' corner unbeatably past Anthony Lopes.
Thursday night's draw paired amateur outfits Vendée Les Herbiers and FC Chambly against each other in the other semi-final, so should Caen win past the capital club and into the final, they will be up against a side from the National (D3) - the perfect opportunity to add a first-ever top-level title to the club's trophy cabinet, currently stocked by two Ligue 2 titles (1995/96 and 2009/10).