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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
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
Stade François Coty (Ajaccio)
Attendance
1500

Goals

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74' F. Fajr

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01:56
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18:43
17:35
17:27
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15:33
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14:56
14:37
14:35
14:33
14:30
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13:59
13:35
13:23
13:13
12:56
12:45
12:38
12:34
12:16
11:57
11:49
11:40
11:33
11:13
10:57
10:51
10:40
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09:34
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00:48
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00:14
00:06

Thursday 28 April

23:59
23:51
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20:14
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19:17
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18:41
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18:14
17:59
17:08
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15:38
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14:21
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13:56
13:39
13:37
13:17
13:13
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12:16
12:13
10:46
10:06
09:23
07:18
06:58
06:46
05:45
05:03
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03:54
03:48
03:15
03:09
02:33
02:05
02:05
01:38
01:36
01:18
01:17
00:38
00:37
00:24

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