Much like the Coupe de la Ligue, Montpellier’s board have set what seems to be an achievable target for the Coupe de France: reach the Semi Final.
And so, we join the competition at the 9th round stage, with a straightforward game against Championnat de France National outfit, La Berrichonne.
Really, I would’ve liked this to have been a bit more emphatic. Instead, we reach the 88th minute tied at 1-1. After which, their right-back, Warmed Omari got himself sent off. It took us until well into stoppage time to get the winner, when Sandro added to a Paolo Postorino opener.
In the 10th round, we played fellow Ligue 1 team, En Evant de Guingamp, and finally made it through a tie on penalties. The game itself had finished 0-0 but we had been by far the better team. I think I would’ve crawled into a corner and sobbed had we lost that one.
The 11th round saw us up against another Ligue 1 team, SC Bastia. And this time, penalties are our enemy. We lead 1-0, courtesy of second-half goal from Samu Castillejo, but are pegged back just before full-time. They have a man sent off just before extra-time finishes, but they don’t need him. In the penalty shootout, we score only once.
The cups and I are really not getting along.
The board are disappointed that the team only reached the Eleventh Round of the Coupe de France.
Yes, you and me both.
What’s that about a shoogly peg?