Here’s our recap of today’s Coupe de France action, focusing on the Ligue 1 teams in action in the Round of 64.
LOSC Lille 12 – 0 Golden Lion FC
In a remarkable display of dominance, Lille defeated Golden Lion FC from Martinique with a 12-0 victory. The result puts Les Dogues in the history books, tying for the third-largest win ever recorded in Coupe de France history. Jonathan David and Edon Zhegrova led the way up top, each securing hat tricks that contributed to Lille's triumph.
Stade Brestois 29 1 – 0 Angers SCO
Brest emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 win over Angers. The lone goal, scored by Uruguayan striker Martín Satriano, assisted by Mahdi Camara, would prove decisive for Les Pirates’ advancement in the tournament. Despite the win, Brest's manager, Eric Roy, was not very happy with the team’s display: "We lacked accuracy and control, and we will not remember this match. But we remain in good form since before the Christmas break. So that’s good.”
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 2 – 1 FC Lorient
Sochaux staged a stunning upset by winning 2-1 over Lorient. The magnitude of this victory was amplified by the fact that Sochaux play in the Championnat National, the third tier of French football, while Lorient play in Ligue 1. Lorient initially took the lead courtesy of Aurelien Pelon's goal. However, Sochaux equalized through Alex Daho's strike in the 69th minute. As the match was close to finishing, Issouf Macalou converted a decisive penalty in the 93rd minute, securing a memorable win.
Amiens SC 1 – 2 Montpellier HSC
Montpellier HSC emerged victorious with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Amiens SC. The opening goal came from a mistake for Amiens, as Youssouf Assogba's own goal granted La Paillade the lead in the 42nd minute. Then, Kelvin Yeboah converted a penalty, doubling Montpellier's lead. Despite Amiens showcasing resilience and managing to pull one back via Louis Mafouta's goal in the 58th minute, the Licorne side’s comeback effort proved insufficient.
Avoine OCC 0 – 4 RC Strasbourg Alsace
RC Strasbourg Alsace secured a 4-0 victory over Avoine OCC. With Avoine competing in the fourth tier and Strasbourg in the top flight, Strasbourg asserted its dominance from the start. Kévin Gameiro started the scoring for Strasbourg, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Dion Moise Sahi's brace further increased Strasbourg's lead before debutant Mohamed Bechikh's late contribution sealed the victory for the Ligue 1 side. Manager Patrick Vieira expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance: "We played a serious match, that's what I wanted. Despite a few hiccups in the second half, I am satisfied with the performance. Everyone was focused and involved."
OGC Nice 0 (4) – (2) 0 AJ Auxerre
Nice emerged as winners from an intense penalty shootout, prevailing 4-2 against Auxerre after a goalless 90 minutes. In the shootout, Gaëtan Laborde's decisive penalty secured the win for Nice. However, it was Nice's goalkeeper, Marcin Bułka, who emerged as the hero, showing exceptional composure between the posts during the penalty shootout, making crucial saves that tilted the balance in Nice's favor.