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Plasil proud as Bordeaux reach Coupe de France final

15 May 2013 17:38

Bordeaux midfielder Jaroslav Plasil was delighted his side have booked their place in the Coupe de France final with a win over Troyes.

After going a goal behind in the semi-final, Bordeaux mounted a second-half comeback to book their first final appearance since 1987.

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck scored for Troyes in the seventh minute and Francis Gillot's men struggled to get into the game, but a goal from Cheick Diabate just before half-time levelled the scores and after the break Bordeaux were able to push for the victory.

The winning goal came on 63 minutes when Jeremie Brechet put the ball past his own goalkeeper, and Plasil was proud of their comeback to reach the final.

"It's a relief," he said. "We knew that Troyes are a good team at home who play very fast.

"We have seen it during the first half. We have been able to correct our mistakes and we have qualified.

"It is great for the club. It has not happened for a long time. The fans can go to Paris and enjoy this big game."

Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud was proud of his side's achivement and insisted he was never worried given their history in the competition.

"We have played all our cup games from behind," he said. "We have always been behind in the scores.

"Every time, we have had to come back. Every time it was difficult to finish the game because we had to defend.

"But we have been serious, we fought and we have been able to protect the result. The team will play this final in Paris. The goal has been achieved."

Bordeaux will go in search of their first cup triumph in 26 years when they play Evian in the final on 31 May at Stade de France.


Coupe de France Wrap: Bordeaux progress to final

14 May 2013 23:59

Bordeaux secured their place in the Coupe de France final as they came from behind to battle to a 2-1 win at Troyes on Tuesday.

After securing victory in a tie which was rescheduled due to flooding in the areas surrounding the Stade de L'Aube last week, Francis Gillot's side will now face Evian in the final at the Stade de France on May 31 thanks to a strike from Cheick Diabate and an own-goal from home defender Jeremie Brechet.

Troyes, who are embroiled in a relegation fight at the bottom of Ligue 1, took the lead seven minutes into the game, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, latching on to a through ball following a mistake from Lamine Sane to slot the ball past Cedric Carrasso.

Bordeaux responded well, with Diabate heading over from six yards and midfielder Gregory Sertic going close with a long-range effort before the visitors finally found the leveller four minutes before half-time, Diabate meeting Brazilian defender Mariano's cross in instinctive fashion to power a volley into the net.

Gillot's men started the second half the brighter of the two sides and were rewarded after 63 minutes, Brechet sweeping the ball past Matthieu Dreyer and into his own net.

That goal seemed to deflate Troyes considerably and, although they did go close with Brazilian striker Marcos dos Santos forcing a reflex save from point-blank range from Carrasso and substitute Stephane Darbion spooning a shot over the bar late on, they were unable to find the leveller and Bordeaux clung on to reach their first domestic final since 2010, when they were beaten in the Coupe de la Ligue final by Marseille.

These two sides will do battle again in the league on Sunday, where Troyes will be desperate for the points as they try and escape the relegation zone, however, for now it is Bordeaux who will celebrate as they eye their first silverware since doing the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue double under Laurent Blanc four years ago.


Coupe de France Preview: Troyes v Bordeaux

13 May 2013 10:32

Troyes host Bordeaux in the rearranged semi-final of the Coupe de France on Tuesday for the right to play Evian TG in the final.

The Stade de l'Aube fixture was originally scheduled for May 7 but was postponed for safety reasons amid warnings of flooding.

It marks the first of two meetings between the sides in five days, as they also face off in the penultimate fixture of the Ligue 1 season on Saturday.

Awaiting the winners will be Evian, who completed a 4-0 rout of Lorient to reach the final courtesy of first-half strikes from Milos Ninkovic, Yannick Sagbo and Kevin Berigaud before Nadjib Baouia wrapped up the win in the second half.

Troyes' run to the final has included victories over Montceau, Fontenay-le-Comte, Sochaux and a 3-0 quarter-final win over Nancy.

It constitutes their best run since 2001, when they reached the last four before losing on penalties to Amiens. They have not gone all the way to the final since 1956, when they finished runners-up to Sedan.

The cup has proved a welcome distraction for Jean-Marc Furlan's side, who are embroiled in a relegation battle in Ligue 1. A 1-0 win against Ajaccio on Saturday leaves them in 19th position, three points adrift of safety.

Bordeaux have won the competition three times and appeared in a further six finals, but have not lifted the trophy since 1987.

They have defeated Chateauroux, Moulins, Raon L'Etape and Lens so far in the competition and will be hoping for silverware after a poor showing in Ligue 1 this season.

Their current position of eighth means they have little left to play for in the league. They beat relegation-threatened Nancy 3-2 on Saturday and finish their season with fixtures against Troyes and Evian.

Troyes have won just one of their last seven fixtures against Bordeaux but have defeated stronger opposition than their opponents in this season's competition to give them hope of an upset.

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
16 30 -9 31
17 30 -12 30
18 30 -15 29
19 30 -19 28
20 30 -29 21

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
9 30 -11 39
10 30 -14 38
11 30 -6 37
12 31 -6 35
13 30 -14 35
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