On Tuesday night, the 10th round of the Coupe de France got underway and it was certainly not without its drama. Four sides from the amateur divisions made it through to the last 16 and two Ligue 1 sides fell out of the competition.
League leaders Lyon were one of the teams from the top division to be eliminated, and although the result wasn’t a surprise, the manner of it came like a bolt – or three – out of the blue.
Lyon took the lead after just five minutes through Alexandre Lacazette, but they would be stunned just 15 minutes later.
Nantes midfielder Vincent Bessat scored goals on the 19th and 21st minute, sending home fans delirious and bringing his team right back into the game. Both goals were nearly identical, finding space on the left-wing, he cut inside to the edge of the box before firing with his left-foot past Anthony Lopes.
In the second half, Lyon equalised through Nabil Fekir. Lacazette put him through on goal, Fekir’s pace took him past the defence, and he then calmly rounded Rémy Riou to level the game after 59 minutes.
Bessat wasn’t done though. With the game looking like it was heading for extra-time, the Lyon-born midfielder struck again. In the 89th minute, substitute Georges-Kevin N’Koudou made some space on the left, whipped in a cross to the back post and Bessat was there to volley home the winner.
In 61 appearances in Ligue 1, Bessat had only ever scored three times for Nantes, to score a hat-trick in the Coupe de France sums up the sheer magic of the competition.
Fellow Ligue 1 side Metz needed extra-time to beat US Avranches 3-0; the amateur side lasted for 94 minutes before succumbing to the Lorraine club.
Auxerre from Ligue 2 sneaked past Jura Sud Foot by just the single goal, but two teams from the fourth division did make it through.
US Concarneau beat Ligue 2 Dijon 1-0 after extra-time and fellow CFA side AS Yzeure beat Valenciennes from Ligue 2 by two goals to nil.