Vannes, heroic against Concarneau, qualified for the 8th round of the Coupe de France

Backed by former Concarnois Alexis Ébrard and Mattéo Petitgenet, Vannes OC pulled off a surprise by eliminating Thoniers on penalties on Saturday in La Rabine. This is the third time in three years that Concarneau has withdrawn from competition at this practice.

French Cup (7th round): Vannes OC (N2) – US Concarneau (National): 1-1 (6 tab 5)

In a Rabine stadium that he found ten years after his departure from Vannes, Stéphane Le Mignan wanted to avoid seeing his team’s name in the many surprises of this 7th round. This was not to be and his former club would challenge Plouvorn or Sable in the next round after a game with twists and turns. “We went through different scenarios, summed up Vannes coach Pierre Talmont. I really liked the state of mind of my players who had a real cup match. It was a big performance, a deed. The players are at the end of themselves. They sublimate. We vibrated and gave emotion to Rabine”.

Ébrard with fond memories of Concarneau

Vaillant, Vannes started the game in the best possible way with an early opener from Ebrard. After a good number from Ngoubou, the ex-Concarnois (2019-2020) was offset by Blanchard and tricked Pattier (1-0; 10 ‘). But the Finisterians never really had time to doubt. They took advantage of the chaos in the Vannes area to equalize just after Gboho (1-1; 13 ‘).

Boutrah touches the post and misses a penalty

Unstoppable like Blanchard, Mama or Ébrard, the Vannetais were able to compete with the leader of the National and even had a chance to get back in front but Ebrard did not adjust his shot (30′) while Pattier deflected an attempt by Ngoubou (44′). The second stage, on the other hand, is of an entirely different kind. Because although Ebrard missed a great chance with a shift from Nzuzi (73 ‘), it was the Thoniers who continued to confiscate the ball from Vannetais in their half of the field.

But without realizing it. Urie (47′), Gboho (51′), Julloux (62′) and Étienne (67′) tried their luck. Boutrah had two big situations to make a decision. But the Concarnois midfielder first found Petitgenet’s post (65′) before seeing his penalty deflected by the Vannes goalkeeper (78′). The decision will thus be made on penalties.

In front of their audience, Vannes players and staff gathered to immortalize their joy. (Photo runo Perrel)

6/6 for Vannes on penalties

Sure of their facts, the Morbihannais did not flinch and scored their six shots before Petitgenet deflected Sinquin’s final shot, which overturned the stadium. “It’s great to see La Rabine like that,” said Alexis Ébrard. They supported us very well at the end even though the Concarneau supporters were many. We felt this enthusiasm and it helped us. This is a big game for us. We struggled a lot in the second half. We ran a lot but we stayed with a warrior spirit.

On the Concarnois side, we cannot help but fail. After La Montagne (2020) and Stade Briochin (2021), this is the third time in a row that Thoniers have been eliminated after a penalty shootout. ” It’s difficult. It’s difficult for the players, the staff, the club and the supporters, complained Stéphane Le Mignan. We could have taken the advantage, especially with this first penalty. It’s like that. It’s a disappointment to go out, especially against a lower division team on penalties. We will try to digest it all and get back to the match in Sedan next week”.


Referee: Mr. is rich.

Spectators: approximately 2,400.

THE OBJECTIVES. Valves: Ébrard (10′); Concarneau: Gboho (13′).

SHOOT ON THE NET. Vannes: successful: Esmel, Blanchard, Ngoubou, Bouedec, Wandji, Duclovel; Concarneau: successful: Gboho, Traoré, Étaun, Boutrah, Sylla; missed: Sinquin.

Warnings. Vannes: Talmont (73′) and Ébrard (90’+1); Concarneau: Lebeau (40′), Boutrah (54′) and Traoré (78′).

Valves: Petitgenet – Duclovel (cap), Wandji, Esmel, Jacob (Bouedec, 70′) – Kimbembe (Le Bolloch, 90′), Mama, Blanchard – Henry (Nzuzi, 69′), Ngoubou, Ébrard. Trainer: Pierre Talmont.

CONCARNEAU: Pattier – Julloux, Sylla, Jannez (cap), Étaun – Mannai, Lebeau (Sinquin, 46′), Traoré, Urie (Maugain, 79′) – Boutrah, Gboho. Coach: Stephane Le Mignan.

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