Angers curtly prevented the Martinicans of the Franciscan Club (5-0) from becoming the first overseas club to qualify for the knockout stages of the Coupe de France, a round that Lille will play after its 3-1 success on Sunday at Gazélec Ajaccio.
The SCO and LOSC avoided the misadventure known Saturday by Lens and Lorient, L1 clubs eliminated from the round of 16 by opponents from lower divisions.
The Angevins cut the wings of the Franciscan Club, the third overseas club to reach this level of competition after the Réunionese of JS Saint-Pierroise (2019-20) and the Guyanese of ASC Le Geldar de Kourou (1988-89) .
The dream of the Green and Black, reduced to ten in the first period, ended with the achievements of Angelo Fulgini (32nd), Ibrahim Amadou (45th + 1 and 60th), Stéphane Bahoken (52nd) and the young attacking midfielder of 19-year-old Noah Fatar (87th).
The label of the small thumb of the competition now rests on the shoulders of Saumur, a fifth division formation (N3) who eliminated the US Montagnarde (R1) on Saturday after a penalty shootout.
The Angers team, who fell from Rennes in the previous round, will know the identity of their future opponent during the draw scheduled for Monday after the last round of 16 between Nice and Monaco in the evening.
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The current leader of L1, Lille, also remains in the race after his victory in Corsica against Gazélec Ajaccio, ephemeral resident of the elite who went back down to the fourth division (National 2) in five years.
The team of Christophe Galtier, strongly reworked in its starting line-up, cracked the "Gas" from the 10th minute by causing a goal against its camp of Ajacciens.
LOSC hit the nail on the head in the second half by Xeka (72nd) and the incoming Jonathan David (84th) who caused a new "csc".
The Corsicans saved the honor late by David Pollet (87th), to the delight of the handful of supporters who came to encourage them despite the curfew, smoke in support, from outside the stadium but stuck to the ground.
In the other meeting played at the end of Sunday afternoon, the Chateaubriant Voltigeurs dominated another N2 formation, namely Romorantin (3-1).
A hat-trick from captain David Vernet (10th, 30th, 90th + 5) offered the Loire-Atlantique team, who fell for the 2018 finalist Les Herbiers in the previous round, a historic qualification in the round of 16.
Sunday evening (9:00 p.m.), Marseille had to face Canet-en-Roussillon, a National 2 team, in Perpignan for the last Olympians match under the thumb of interim coach Nasser Larguet.
The director of the OM training center will then give his place to the Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli, expected Wednesday at the Vélodrome for his first against Rennes in the league.
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