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Coupe de France Preview: Underdogs take centre stage

19 January 2014 18:01

The underdogs have the chance to take centre stage in the last 32 of the Coupe de France, which begins on Tuesday.

Traditionally the competition has been seen as a platform for the lesser lights of French football to rise to national prominence, with third-tier Quevilly the most recent side to showcase that fact after their run to the final in 2012.

This year, the likes of Cannes - who shocked Saint-Etienne in the last round - and Plabennec have been hitting the headlines, but the two fourth-tier sides, who will meet on Thursday, are not the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition.

Sete are leaders of Group E in the Championnat de France level two (CFA 2), an amateur league, and have already won three Coupe de France matches without conceding a goal on their run to the last 32 this season.

Next up for them is a home clash against CFA strugglers Jura Sud on Tuesday.

The draw did produce some mouthwatering ties for some of the so-called minnows, while some of the big guns of French football will be keen to avoid an upset.

CFA outfit Monts d'Or Azergues set to welcome big-spending Ligue 1 club Monaco, while defending champions Bordeaux have been handed a testing trip to FA Ile Rousse Monticello and five-time winners Lyon head to Yzeure on Wednesday.

Ligue 2 Dijon take to the road to meet 2005 victors Auxerre on Thursday, while CFA 2 side Iris Club de Croix welcome UEFA Champions League hopefuls Lille.

There will be plenty of attention on top-flight leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who welcome Montpellier in an all-Ligue 1 fixture and the tie of the round - although whether coach Laurent Blanc opts to rest some of his first-team stars with PSG still chasing honours on multiple fronts remains to be seen.

Marseille have won a record 10 Coupe de France crowns, and they tackle Nice at Stade Velodrome on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Boulogne face Rennes, Lens take on Bastia, Moulins have a showdown with Toulouse and Ajaccio host Caen.

Fourth-tier Concarneau have a home tie against Guingamp, Bastia face Ligue 2 Niort and Sochaux head to Angers.

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Caen

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Competition
Coupe de France
Date
21 January 2014
Kick-off
18:00
Half-time
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Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
Stade François Coty (Ajaccio)
Attendance
1500

Goals

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74' F. Fajr

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Tuesday 31 May

20:14
19:27
19:05
19:01
18:56
17:45
17:21
16:57
16:48
16:26
16:09
16:02
15:50
15:49
15:25
14:40
14:26
14:21
13:58
13:17
13:12
13:04
12:47
12:38
12:25
12:20
11:58
11:57
11:20
11:15
10:31
09:17
09:12
09:05
06:29
05:06
03:55
03:54
01:44
01:36
00:30
00:16

Monday 30 May

23:07
23:02
22:44
22:20
21:55
21:52
21:42
21:29
20:43
20:08
20:05
19:28
19:23
19:03
18:56
18:51
18:47
18:33
18:24
18:17
17:42
17:16
17:05
16:20
16:17
15:57
15:44
15:03
14:38
14:38
14:26
13:52
13:28
12:43
12:29
11:40
11:31
10:58
10:51
10:40
09:37
09:16
09:09
08:34
07:54
07:31
07:22
06:44
05:33
04:59
04:47
04:11
03:45
03:03
01:53
01:19
01:11
00:44
00:21
00:17

Sunday 29 May

23:37
22:42
21:59
21:53
21:47
21:39
20:52
20:31
20:08
20:06
19:58
19:36
18:45
18:18
17:55
17:52
17:50
17:19
16:41
16:35
16:31
16:30
16:28
16:26
15:55
15:37
15:20
14:43
14:28
14:27
13:51
13:09
12:37
12:07
11:00
10:28
10:04
09:52
08:55
07:31
07:29
06:36
06:25
05:26
04:08
03:55
03:25
03:03
02:33
02:27
02:06
02:00
01:47
01:42
01:12
01:03
01:00
00:55
00:50
00:36
00:32
00:30
00:16
00:11
00:05
00:02

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