Djibril Cisse may have found the net for Bastia against Quevilly, but it wasn't enough for the Ligue 1 club to stop a giant-killing
In England, the FA Cup is often cited as the most romantic, famous cup competition in the world. But across the channel the Coupe de France can lay a claim to being slightly more magical, as former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse found out on Tuesday night.
Cisse’s Ligue 1 side Bastia travelled to northern France to take on amateur side US Quevilly, but it would be far from routine.
The small side from near Rouen has a rich history in the cup, and were not going to just lie down to their professional opponents.
In the last 10 years, Quevilly have reached the last eight of the cup three times. In 2010 they made the semi-final and it was only in 2012 when they made it all the way to the Stade de France before Lyon beat them 1-0 in the final.
On Tuesday, they showed why they are feared in the knock-out competition and held off Bastia and Cisse – making a rare start – for the first 90 minutes.
Quevilly usually play their home games at the 2,500 capacity Stade Amable Lozai, but over 8,000 crammed into the Stade Robert Diochon, home of FC Rouen, and watched Quevilly take Bastia to extra-time.
Bastia took first blood, goalkeeper Dan Delaunay could only palm away a cross from the left and Cisse was in the right place, at the right time to head in the rebound. With 107 minutes on the clock, it looked like Quevilly’s cup run was over.
The plucky fourth division side would not give up though. Four minutes from time a low driven cross flashed across the Bastia penalty area and Adama Sarr was on hand to knock it past Thomas Vincensini.
Quevilly had forced penalties, and Delaunay would go on to be the hero.
During the shoot-out, the 19-year-old stopper would save three of Bastia’s penalties and lead his team to a 3-1 win, taking them into the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France.
Quevilly are currently second in their CFA group, looking to win promotion to the third division, but they will always be infinitely more famous for their amazing cup exploits.