OM – Hyères (N2): 2-0
In full swing in L1, with four straight wins, OM presented themselves with a sprightly style against Hyères, this Saturday afternoon. But this vigor initially played tricks on him, with a quick warning for Leo Balerdi, following a flagrant foul on Benbachir, then a direct expulsion targeting Éric Bailly, from the 15th minute. The Ivorian central defender cut off a Var counter-attack by sinking his foot into the chest of Moussa Ndiaye, a rude gesture which earned him several suspension matches. The Hyères midfielder left on a stretcher and then left the Turcan stadium in an ambulance.
At ten against eleven, Tudor sacrificed Issa Kaboré to bring in Chancel Mbemba, and his team did not seem feverish. A direct free kick from Veretout, from the left side, ended on the opposing crossbar (25th), the few sparks from Hyéroises (shot from Zerfaoui, 35th) did not worry Ruben Blanco, and after a strike next to Bamba Dieng (38th), Cengiz Ünder obtained a penalty, at the job (45th). He was converted by Alexis Sanchez, for his first goal in the Coupe de France, with a greedy panenka (45th + 1).
Timorous in the first period, despite the numerical superiority, Hyères was much more interesting at the start of the second half, with a vicious strike from Barty (48th) following good work by Yohan Mollo on the left side, and above all a shot on the post of the captain Sahnoune, perfectly placed at the entrance to the surface (55th). Hyères’ luck passed, and Dieng, who missed everything this afternoon, except the most difficult, carried out the sentence against (71st). Disciplined, OM continued to wait for the opponent to better sting in transitions (Ünder and Ben Seghir also crunched balls 3-0), and they were helped by the lack of efficiency of the resident of National 2, too imprecise in the Marseille area.
Lyon-Metz (L2): 2-1
The hierarchy was respected at Groupama Stadium, where Lyon, eighth in L1 won (2-1) against Metz, sixth in L2. Not at all worried in the first period, OL, admittedly dominating, still found it difficult to increase the pace. But he still got chances, including two very clear ones: one on a free kick, Caqueret finding the bar (18th) and one in the game, where Moussa Dembélé got tangled on a perfect serve from Tetê (20th ). The latter also tried his luck (39th), but like Barcola (34th), he came up against a vigilant Oukidja.
At the start of the second half, the Messins were more threatening, by Mikautadze (47th), then Maïga (56th). And they were able to respond tit for tat to the Lyon opener – signed Barcola with the right foot (60th) – thanks to a splendid shot from 20 meters in the middle of the skylight from Jallow (64th). But even if Candé was unfortunate on the decisive goal, scored against his camp on a header from Lukeba (77th) following a corner from Cherki deflected by the Argentinian world champion Tagliaficio who entered the game, the Lorrains ultimately bowed rather logically. And at the end of a match that was not “phew” on their part, OL were able to push a huge “phew” of relief!
Linas-Monthléry (N3) – Lens: 0-2
Runner-up to PSG in Ligue 1 (four points behind), RC Lens was serious for its entry into the Coupe de France, getting out of the trap set by Linas-Montlhéry (N3) on the difficult lawn of Bondoufle (Essonne), thanks to good coaching from Franck Haise (2-0).
Dominating throughout the game, Racing made the difference at the end of the game, with the entries of Seko Fofana and Florian Sotoca on the hour mark. Fofana opened the scoring by following a shot on the post from Julien Le Cardinal , very stirring for his first tenure with Lens (72nd), before being a decisive passer in the direction of Florian Sotoca (79th).
With a heavily overhauled starting lineup – with the first tenures for Jean-Louis Leca, Ismaël Boura, Rémy Labeau Lascary and Le Cardinal – Lens did not shake despite the consistent performance of Linas-Montlhéry (N3), accustomed to exploits in Cut in recent years. Haise managed playing time well in view of the match in Strasbourg on Wednesday (9 p.m.), and David Pereira Da Costa was able to test his right shoulder by playing half an hour.
Avranches (N) – Brest: 0-2
Failing to be brilliant and efficient, the Brestois provided the essentials, this Saturday afternoon in Avranches (N), by snatching the qualification (2-0), at the end of the match, for the 16th finals of the French Cup. Shaken from the start, in particular by a twirling one-armed attack, they knew how to react to gradually establish a fairly clear domination.
But it was marred by too many technical approximations, which the absences at kick-off cannot fully explain: Marco Bizot (rest), Romain Del Castillo (calf), Mathias Pereira Lage (ankle) as well as Brendan Chardonnet, Franck Honorat and Mahdi Camara (on the bench).
For his first at the head of the Finistère team (17th and first relegation in Ligue 1), Eric Roy therefore established, Joaquin Blazquez in goal, Kenny Lala, finally qualified, at the position of full-back, and Karamoko Dembélé, in right attacking midfielder. But it was captain Pierre Lees-Melou, at the far post following a corner from Franck Honorat (74th), then Axel Camblan with a nice shot (90th + 4), who provided the essentials.