With Ligue 1 Uber Eats sides joining the Coupe de France in the Round of 64 this weekend, we keep you up to date with the latest. Here’s our roundup of Friday’s action.
FC Nantes, who have struggled for form in the league, are well on their way to chasing a second Coupe de France in three years after a 4-1 win away to FC Pau. Former AS Monaco striker Moussa Sylla struck first for the hosts, who play in Ligue 2, but it was one-way traffic for Nantes after the break.
Florent Mollet opened the scoring for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side on 48 minutes, but the match would hang in the balance, level until substitute Tino Kadewere made the difference with ten minutes to play. The Zimbabwe international, having just arrived on loan from Lyon in the week, struck twice in four minutes, before Kader Bamba sealed the result, Nantes’ first win since early December.
Une qualif' ✅— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 5, 2024
Un doublé ✅
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FC Metz and Clermont FC were also in action, facing each other in one of two all-Ligue 1 ties in this round. Despite both teams being in a relegation scrap at the moment, both fielded strong sides. The hosts’ newest signing, Georges Mikautadze, wasn’t registered in time for this match, but Les Grenats were able to take the lead through little-used Sadibou Sadé midway through the first half.
Clermont were unfazed, however, and veteran Maxime Gonalons did well to set up Jim Allevinah for the equalizer just after the interval. The two sides battled hard, but the match would end level and head to penalties. Massamba N’Diaye, in goal with Mory Diaw away at the Africa Cup of Nations, would then prove the hero, saving two of the four penalties he faced to help his side advance.
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