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OL–Ajaccio: A look back on last season's Coupe de France

Published on 08 February 2021 at 8:30 AM
OL – Ajaccio : retour sur le parcours en Coupe de France la saison passée
As we approach the start of the 2021 edition of the Coupe de France, we invite you to take a look back at Les Gones run in 2020, from the Round of 64 to the semifinals of the competition.

Round of 64: Bourg-en-Bresse – OL

For their first match of the tournament, OL headed to play their neighbors, who play in the National. Rudi Garcia, who did not want to risk an upset, sent out a first choice side at the Stade Marcel Verchere. After a double from Moussa Dembélé in the first half, the Lyonnais completely dominated in the second. First Terrier then Cornet made it 4-0 before some of the younger Gones stood out. In just 10 minutes, Caqueret, Aouar and Cherki would each score, making the final score 7-0 for a memorable evening, especially for Maxence Caqueret and Ryan Cherki, who had scored their first goals in an OL jersey.

 

Round of 32: Nantes – OL

The next round brought another trip for, OL who headed west to face Nantes. This time, the coach opted for a more rotated squad, with Kenny Tete, Jean Lucas and Cherki in particular in the starting eleven. It would only take the 16-year-old ten minutes to impress everyone and score a brace. Despite Nantes having reduced the score, Cherki, again, picked out Terrier to give OL a two goal lead at halftime. The Cherki show continued in the second half: he won a penalty, missed by Dembélé, before assisting the striker to give himself a brace in assists. Despite Nantes scoring two goals late in the match, OL won 4-3 as Cherki revealed his talent to all of France.

 

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Round of 16: Nice – OL

Olympique Lyonnais continued their "Tour de France" with a third away trip in the competition. Playing away to Nice, Dembélé opened the scoring with his fourth goal in three Coupe de France matches. OL believed they had the advantage until the end, but in the 89th minute, Ounas beat Tatarusanu and brought the two teams level. While added time seemed inevitable, Karl Toko Ekambi drew a penalty in the final seconds of play. Houssem Aouar, who had just come on a few minutes earlier, did not hesitate and sent OL into the next round.

 

Quarterfinal: OL – Marseille

Finally! After three matches played away from home, OL returned to the Groupama Stadium for a Coupe de France match, and a clash between two huge teams in our country's footballing pantheon. The match kept all its promises and the two Olympiques went blow for blow. 20 minutes from time, OL had a golden opportunity to open the scoring with a penalty. Unfortunately Dembélé stumbled against the Marseille goalkeeper and the score stayed deadlocked… until the 81st minute. After a superb pass by Thiago Mendes, Houssem Aouar  was lurking in the penalty area, and he beat Yohann Pelé to once again seal OL's qualification.

 

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Semifinal: OL – PSG

After OM, another of the league's top sides awaited OL, in the form of PSG, finalists in the last six editions, with five titles. The Lyonnais opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Terrier but were caught out three minutes later after a goal by Mbappé. The big match kept all of its promise, as the chances are multiplying but neither team could manage to score a second goal. But while OL were dominating their opponents after returning from the locker room, Marçal had committed a foul and then received a second yellow card for a handball in the box, leaving him sent off and a penalty awarded to PSG. Down to ten men and led after the transformation of Neymar, the Lyonnais are overtaken by the speed of the Parisians and concede 3 other goals in the last half hour. The score is severe and does not reflect the physiognomy of the match. OL therefore left the competition at the gates of the Final, not without having had a remarkable run.

 

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