In a day of Coupe de France action packed with giant-killings – Ligue 2 Rodez overturning a two-goal deficit to Monaco, Nice losing to third-tier Le Puy-en-Velay – it was Strasbourg Koenigshoffer who made the headlines as they saw off Clermont, a five-division gap separating the two.
The sixth-tier side held the top-flight outfit to a goalless draw before winning the penalty shootout. The Régional 1 side are the only team from Strasbourg left in the competition after their Ligue 1 neighbours were knocked out by Angers the day before.
A stoic defensive performance would fend off all of the attacks that were coming from an Auvergne side who were fresh off beating Lyon in league action.
As reported in this morning’s Téléfoot, the lower league side’s players watched a video of Kylian Mbappé before heading out onto the pitch – the World Cup top scorer’s words ostensibly having the desired effect for the club’s coaching staff.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin