Lille earn Monaco date
LOSC claimed just their second win in five matches in all competitions - 2-1 away to CFA (D4) side Bergerac - to book their place in the quarter-finals, where they will travel to take on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Coupe de France round of 16
Stade Jean-Antoine, Libourne
Bergerac Périgord FC 1 - 2 LOSC
LOSC may have got a scare when feisty amateurs Bergerac levelled the scores in injury time through captain Brahim Kamissoko (90'+2) but, as he did to help Portugal to win the final of Euro 2016, Eder bagged a last-gasp winner (90'+4) to give the northerners something to smile about after a rough month of February (one win and four losses in Ligue 1).
It was a cruel ending for CFA (D4) outfit Bergerac, who had held up well in he face of LOSC's domination in the first half and mixed it in the second - until Rony Lopes bagged the opener as he raced onto Yves Bissouma's deep pass and finished with a deft chip (70').
The stadium in Libourne threatened to erupt when an exhausted Kamissoko picked himself up to meet Evan Chevalier's corner at the near post nod home for an equaliser that seemed sure to bring on extra time.
However, as the seconds ticked down, the Bergerac faithful had the rug pulled out from under them. Eder, played in by Carlens Arcus, turned on the pace on the edge of the area and fired a angled shot past his man - and past 'keeper René Dolivet - but not past the post.
It was a second win in three matches for new LOSC boss Franck Passi and could prove a turning point as Les Dogues look to build a dynamic and rescue a difficult season, but they will need to show more going forward if they are to trump Monaco - in the principality - when the quarter-finals roll around.
THE PLAYER: Eder
With six goals in 24 appearances in all competitions, the Portugal striker may not be having the season he hope for after outshining Cristiano Ronaldo with the winner in the final of Euro 2016. However, on Thursday, he showed that he still has the knack for scoring important goals, clinching a win that could prove the turning point for a club looking to get back on the rails after a tumultuous season so far.
THE STAT: 2
This is the second time that LOSC have reached the Coupe de France quarters since Rudi Garcia's prodigious side claimed gold in the final against PSG as part of a league and cup double with the likes of Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye, Gervinho and Moussa Sow.