Fourth-tier Versailles reach Coupe de France quarter-finals
Fourth-tier side Versailles reached the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France on Saturday with a shock 1-0 victory over Ligue 2 leaders Toulouse. qualifies for the last eight and Versailles hopes to emulate Rumilly-Vallières’ effort from the last quarter by reaching the semi-finals. “My role is to keep a cool head even though I am fully aware that we have just eliminated the leaders of Ligue 2 on their own ground,” said Versailles coach Youssef Chibhi.
“This qualification was not expected. As we progress through the rounds, we get caught up in the game. A mania is then created. The Coupe de France facilitates this type of enthusiasm.”
Toulouse, who are hosting the match as the Stade de Versailles are not at the level required for a round of 16 draw, played the majority of the game with just 10 men after Steve Mvoue’s red card in the 21st minute.
The home side still dominated possession but only managed one shot on target and Versailles snatched the winner 11 minutes from time as Kapit Djoco completed a fine move at the near post.
The fans held on for a famous win despite a man being sent off in injury time when Melvyn Vieira was dismissed.
They will find out their next opponents in Monday’s quarter-final draw.
Fourth-tier club Bergerac Périgord are also still in the competition and host top-flight wrestlers Saint-Etienne on Sunday.
Marseille also progressed with a penalty shootout win over Montpellier after a 1-1 draw at the Stade Vélodrome.
Teenage substitute Beni Makouana scored an 80th-minute equalizer for the away team after Arkadiusz Milik’s opener for Marseille.
But the 10-time winners won on penalties, with Dimitri Payet converting the winning kick.
Second tier Bastia also reached the quarters on penalties, after a 1-1 draw with Reims.
The Corsicans, who were relegated to the fifth division in 2017 after financial difficulties, are in the last eight for the first time since their 2002 final loss to Lorient.
Elsewhere, Amiens beat fellow Ligue 2 side Nancy 2-0.
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