The thousands of spectators who gathered at La Meinau all hoped for a miracle, but it did not happen. Petit Poucet of the Coupe de France, resident of Regional 1, Football Club Olympique Strasbourg Koenigshoffen 06 lost to SCO Angers (1-0), in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. After having sold his skin dearly.
But the Alsatians clearly fought back in the second half, even clearly making their opponents doubt each phase, as on this strike from twenty meters from Wacim Time, who failed to catch the skylight (48th). But it was above all the entry of Samuel Kekambus who failed to turn things around: the striker first grazed the post with a cross shot from the right (66th) then forced Paul Bernardoni into a fine save, on a center taken at the near post.
The Strasbourg, authors of a feat in the previous round, leaving Clemont on penalties, could however easily have collapsed in view of their start. Their high pressing did not last very long in the face of Angers’ determination: taking advantage of the opponent’s naivety, the Ligue 1 bottom side opened the scoring from a corner thanks to Miha Blazic (1-0, 16th). A few minutes later, the SCO touched the bar on a header from Abdallah Sima (24th).
At the end of the match, however, the Strasbourgeois gradually died out, as their dreams of qualifying for the round of 16 flew away. By enforcing logic, Angers concluded a day without any exploits: during the eight sixteenths disputed this Saturday, the favorite (and a fortiori the Ligue 1 club) won each time.