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Nantes takes on Wednesday evening in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France against four-divisioner AS Vitré. Which team may play in the semifinal against cup holder Paris Saint-Germain?
After nineteen of the thirty rounds in the Championnat National 2, well over halfway through the competition, AS Vitré is in a desperate thirteenth place in a competition with sixteen teams. Michel Sorin’s team is only on goal-difference in the fourteenth and fifteenth place, giving right to relegation to Championnat National 3, and the gap on the last team is only two points, so the team still has a very tough second half of the season ahead. AS Vitré is already seven games in a row undefeated in the league (six draws and one victory), so the form is present, but with already 25 goals in nineteen matches there seems defensively still enough to go wrong in the remainder of the season.
Not only for the current season, the quarterfinals in the Coupe de France can be seen as a lifebuoy for the team of Sorin, but also in terms of eternal value for the team, this match can be important. Never before has AS Vitré placed himself in the last eight teams in the Coupe de France and now there is the chance to get to the last four teams and to play against reigning champion Paris Saint-Germain. A fact that speaks to the team of Sorin is that last season in a friendly match with only 2-1 was rewarded by a counterstay one minute before time, but the quality difference between both teams remains on paper undiminished.
On visiting En Avant Guingamp, captain Valentin Rongier had an excellent opportunity in the injury time to give his team a 1-0 win, but he saw his penalty shot turned and the match ended with the starting score: 0-0. With eleven games to go, the lead of Les Canaris on the eighteenth place with eleven points is very wide, but that can also be said of the backlog of six points on the shared numbers nine Stade Rennais and RC Strasbourg. Reaching the semi-finals of the Coupe de France could save the season of the team of Vahid Halilhodzic somewhat, but given the death of Emiliano Sala this season will be known as a black page in the history of the team.
Nantes has won the Coupe de France three times in history, the last time nineteen years ago in the 1999/2000 season. Halilhodzic also won the Coupe de France once, in the 2003-2004 season as coach of Paris Saint-Germain, but since 2004 both club and trainer have not been able to add silverware from France to the trophy cabinet. The last silverware of Les Canaris dates back to 2001 when the team became national champion. Profit this year would be a nice tribute to the late Emiliano Sala, but with Paris Saint-Germain as opponent in the semifinals of the Coupe de France for the winner of this duel, the chances of adding silverware to the trophy cabinet appear this season. nil.
Vitre vs Nantes head to head matches
31.07.18 CF Vitre Nantes 1 : 2