Things are looking up for Sporting Club de Bastia at the moment, and it has even been enough to put a smile on the face of former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse. After they stunned Paris Saint-Germain 4-2 at home in the league, Cisse scored the third on Tuesday night as the side from Corsica qualified for the semi-final of the Coupe de la Ligue.
After 20 minutes against PSG on Saturday, it could have been a miserable week for the islanders, but their fight and determination came through and although on the bench for the league game, you could see the smiles on all the Bastia substitutes when Julian Palmieri scored one of the goals of the season to put his side 3-2 up.
That victory over the champions was only their fifth of the season, but took them to 14th in the Ligue 1 table.
On Tuesday night, it must have felt like deja-vu when veteran defender Sylvain Armand put Rennes 1-0 up over the home side just 10 minutes in. However, once again, Bastia failed to give up, and just like on Saturday, they came back to win by two clear goals.
Cisse made his entrance at half-time and quickly saw his side equalise through former Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci, then Romain Danze’s own goal put the home side ahead with 20 minutes to go.
Two red cards saw Rennes reduced to 9-men, and all that was left was for Cisse to put the icing on the cake.
After the game, he called for his teammates to play with more confidence this season while speaking to TV station France 4.
"It would not hurt to stop being afraid every time. It is clear that we know how to play, but we should start games from the beginning. "
Although he now has three games in three Coupe de la Ligue games, his injury problems have plagued him and he revealed he was still in pain from his hip problem.
"I am in a difficult situation, it is not easy but everyone supports me. It's good to score tonight because every day is a pain."
Bastia were joined later in the semi-finals by Paris Saint-Germain, but this would be a fantastic chance for the Corsican side to make it into the Europa League.