The game: 2-0
Paulo Fonseca likes national cups, he who won with Braga in Portugal (2016) and with Chakhtior in Ukraine (from 2017 to 2019). So the technician put the odds on his side: against a largely reworked Troyes team, he almost lined up his best possible eleven. Only Djalo started on the bench, replaced by an amazing Yoro at only 17 years old.
And very quickly, we only saw one team on the field. After a first shot next to the very hard-hitting and equally amazing Carlos Baleba (11th), who was celebrating his first tenure, Jonathan David took advantage of a good serve from Adam Ounas to open the scoring (15th). And if Lucas Chevalier had to make a huge save on a header from Ugbo (23rd), it was his Estac counterpart, Mateusz Lis, who had the most work, against the Canadian (29th) then against the Algerian (38th).
After the break, LOSC played an attractive game but lacked precision in the last pass or the last gesture (Angel, 62nd, Alexsandro, 65th). And he almost got punished like Monday in L1 against Reims (1-1), because Fatah missed a golden opportunity to equalize (58th). It was finally Mohamed Bayo, already a scorer last week in Clermont, who sheltered the Mastiffs, five minutes after his entry (68th). Here is LOSC in the round of 16, where it will receive Pau (L2).
The player: David starts strong
His 2022 goal counter had stopped on October 14, and Jonathan David had remained silent in his last 9 matches of the calendar year, club and selection combined. The passage in 2023 seems to have reboosted the Canadian. Author of the opener on Monday against Reims (1-1), he did it again this Sunday against Troyes, with a clear strike from the right.
The Fact: Acclaimed Rummy
He was one of the captains of the LOSC champion of France in 2011. Adil Rami is now playing in Troyes but the Lille public has not forgotten him. At halftime of this 32nd final, the 2018 world champion was cheered and he went so far as to make a small detour to greet supporters of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium.