Sochaux’s Shootout Success

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Friday 31 May:

Sochaux came out on top from twelve yards as this year’s thrilling Coupe de France Final went all the way to a shootout following 120 minutes of fantastic attacking football that shared four goals between the mid-table sides. Marseille were fortunate to go in front inside five minutes when Raspentino’s cross bounced off the far post before hitting Sochaux ‘keeper Simon Pouplin and going in. Goals either side of the interval from Kante and Bakambu fired Sochaux in front before a diving header from substitute Andre Gignac equalised for Marseille.

Pouplin made amends for his early error by pushing away Gignac’s spot kick in the second round of the shootout, and with everyone else scoring, it fell to Sochaux’s fifth taker Frederic Duplus to convert to send the trophy to the 2007 winners Sochaux. Cooly wrong-footing Mabanda from twelve yards, he slotted home to win the 2013 Coupe de France.

Preview: Sochaux-Montbeliard and Olympique de Marseille will contest the Coupe de France tonight at the Stade de France in Paris after disappointing league campaigns by both sides. Marseille finished 11th in Ligue 1, slightly ahead of Sochaux in 13th, over whom they did the domestic “double” this season, winning 1-0 at home in August, and 2-0 away in January. Marseille’s season was boosted, however, by a solid performance in the Europa League, eventually bowing out at the quarter-final stage to eventual winners Montpellier on away goals.

Curiously, Marseille have gone all the way to today’s final without playing a match at home in the competition, keeping three clean sheets in their five matches in the process. Sochaux were buoyed by home support in four of their Coupe de France matches this year, though required extra-time twice to progress. Both sides pulled off shocks in the semi-finals, with Sochaux coming from behind to beat Europa League winners Montpellier 3-2 at home with two goals in the last five minutes. Marseille traveled to Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain and promptly dumped them out of the cup with a 2-0 win.

Route to the Final:

Sochaux-Montebeliard Olympique de Marseille
R9 H v. Bastia 3-2 A v. Saint-Etienne 2-1
R10 H v. Chamois Niortais 2-1e A v. Cherbourg 2-0
R11 H v. Bordeaux 2-1e A v. USBCO 2-0
QF A v. Valenciennes 2-0 A v. Lorient 2-1
SF H v. Montpellier 3-2 A v. Paris SG 2-0

Sochaux 2-2 aet, 5-3 pens Marseille
Friday 31st May 2013, Stade de France, Paris
Coupe de France Final | Weather: Dry 10°C

 Lineups:

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Livetweets from @realtimeFM:

Football365: “Marseille are a good side and I think they have enough quality to see off the challenge of Sochaux today. David Sauget and Jerome Roussillon will be big misses for them.”

0′ We’re underway between Sochaux and Marseille in the Coupe de France Final!

4′ GOAL! Sochaux keeper Simon Pouplin makes an absolute howler from a cross from Raspentino and sends the ball into his own net. 1-0 Marseille.

4′ Raspentino’s cross bounces back off far post, hits Sochaux’s ‘keeper Simon Pouplin on the way in to give Marseille an early lead:

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6′ Sochaux within a whisker of immediate equaliser, Roudet cuts in from the right and hammers a 20-yarder off the underside of the crossbar.

20′ Twenty played, Sochaux win the first corner of the game. Roudet impressive on the left. Still the one shot, though that wasn’t the goal!

21′ EQUALISER! Yaya Banana peels away to collects Roudet’s deep corner, laying it off for Cedric Kante to smash home!

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26′ Marseille’s Ayew brothers combine nicely with Andre playing in Jordan nicely to beat the offside trap, but he fires just wide.

31′ Yaya Banana concedes a foul on the edge of the box, just right of centre, when he has a handful of Cheyrou’s shirt. No booking.

32′ Cheyrou takes it himself and slams the free-kick straight into the five-man wall. Sochaux counter and win a free-kick 25 yards out.

36′ The equaliser has really lifted Sochaux who are dominating possession at the moment. They win their third, fourth, and fifth corners within seconds.

42′ Raspentino sends another dangerous cross to the far post but Pouplin collects well under heavy pressure from Jordan Ayew.

45+2′ First-half ends as Jordan Ayew heads tamely at Pouplin after a surging run down right from Raspentino.

Half Time: FC Sochaux-Montbeliard 1 – 1 Olympique de Marseille

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46′ Referee Stéphane Lannoy gets the second half going.

46′ Two changes at the break for Sochaux. Bakambu for Contout upfront, while Lopy replaces Boudebouz who may have picked up a knock.

46′ Marseille have also made a change at half-time, replacing the dangerous-looking Raspentino with Kabore.

47′ Bakambu has two great chances. His close-range shot is somehow tipped by Mandanda before he powers a header inches over from the corner.

48′  Jacob Ayew jumps highest and his thumping header from ten yards out from Amalfitano’s deep free-kick sends the Marseille fans wild.

48′ A free-kick has been given against Ayew for a foul on Pouplin. That looked very, very harsh. Lino getting some stick from both Ayew brothers.

54′ First yellow card of the final has been shown to Jordan Ayew after he kicks out at Cedric Kante following a coming together.

55′ Heating up here. Thierry Doubai clatters through Jordan Ayew and evens up the cautions at one apiece.

59′ Amolfitano talks himself into a booking after referee Lannoy waves away appeals for a foul by Mikari.

67′ Amalfitano barges into Roudet some 25 yards out and concedes the freekick in a dangerous position. He’s on thin ice.

68′ The freekick routine was awful but Sochaux eventually win the ball back and Doubai fizzes a shot high and wide from some 30 yards.

75′ GOAL! Cedric Bakambu fires Sochaux in front from closerange as he beats Ebondo to Butin’s throughball and scores.

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77′ Double change for Marseille as they go 4-2-4 to grab a late equaliser: Gignac and Abdallah ON, Ebondo and Sparagna OFF.

80′ EQUALISER! Marseille draw level from a corner as Andre-Pierre Gignac scores with his first touch, a diving header low down. 2-2.

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82′ Bakambu looks in some pain after he pulls up down the left. Sochaux have made all three changes and we’re 8 minutes from extra time.

88′ Marseille are pouring forwards, they smell blood. Cheyrou is winning everything in the middle and launching attack after attack.

90′ There will be a minimum of four minutes time added on.

90+4′ There are 10seconds left on the clock when Lopy pulls back Andrew Ayew a yard outside the box. Glorious chance:

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90+5′ Ayew clips angle of bar and post with the last action of the 90. We’re into extra time here at Stade de France!

Full Time: FC Sochaux-Montbeliard 2 – 2 Olympique de Marseille

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ET1′ Extra-time gets underway in the Coupe de France Final. Both sides have already made all three permitted substitutions.

ET6′ Cries go up of BACKPASS from Marseille (le back passé?) as Pouplin gathers the ball after Kante robs Ayew before he pulls the trigger.

ET14′ Panic in the box as Almalfitano’s low cross creates a game of ping-pong but it’s eventually hoofed clear. Legs running out of steam.

Half Time in Extra Time: Remains all square at 2-2, but weary legs could be vulnerable to an inspired counter.

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ET20′ Bakambu charges back to challenge Cheyrou but concedes a clumsy foul and goes in the book for his efforts.

ET20′ N’Diaye promptly joins him in the book with a push on Lopy.

ET26′ Kabore’s effort from 25 hits the underside of the bar and only a last ditch tackle from Duplus stops Gignac pouncing on the rebound.

ET27′ Nogueira heads an otherwise certain goal off the line as Kabore loops a header towards the near post from a corner.

Full Time after Extra Time: Sochaux 2 – 2 Marseille. We get the first cup final shootout of the season!

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Penalties 1: Bakambu (Sochaux) SCORES, Andre Ayew (Marseille) SCORES. 1-1

Penalties (2): Roudet (S) SCORES, Gignac (M) SAVED! 2-1

Simon Pouplin guesses right and pushes Gignac’s penalty away to safety. It was Gignac’s first touch that bundled home Marseille’s late equaliser, and Pouplin scored that early own-goal to put Marseille in front but he’s made amends here.

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Penalties (3): Carlao (S) SCORES, Jordan Ayew (M) SCORES. 3-2

Penalties (4): Lopy (S) SCORES, Cheyrou (M) has to score… DOES. 4-3

Penalties: Frederic Duplus can win the Coupe de France by converting this spot kick.

…and he slots it to the keeper’s right! Sochaux win Coupe de France 4-3 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

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RESULT: FC Sochaux-Montbeliard 2 – 2 aet, 5 – 3 pens Olympique de Marseille.

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