TFC 1-2 (A.E.T.) OM: Cabella qualifies OM!08 jan 2017
With absences on forward for Gomis, suspended, and Njie, retained by the Cameroonian national team for the preparation stage of the 2017 CAN, Rudi Garcia handed the center forward position to Sarr on the Toulouse turf for the 32nd round of the French Cup final. The match began full throttle with a header from Vainqueur blocked by Lafont within the first minute. Five new dangerous plays took place within the first 17 minutes of play: a shot by Doumbia deflected by Pélé, a shot by Cabella beside the net, a shot by Sarr blocked by Lafont, an off target opportunity by Brathwaite and an missed shot by Trejo on a nice set up by Brathwaite. The two teams played with lots of intensity at every level. The duels were bitterly fought and misfortune befell the one who would lose the ball, as soon as it was recovered, the 22 players would quickly launch themselves forward.
The rhythm did not wane in the match, but the chances were less numerous thereafter. Zambo Anguissan and Trejo each had their chances in the last quarter hour of the match, but the nets remained unshaken in the animated, pleasant and spirited first half.
Rudi Garcia's men began the second half with as much intensity as in the first quarter hour. Cabella was bustling before centering a pass for Thauvin, but the Toulousian defense managed the play on this occasion. Because, on the following opportunity, nicely set up by Lopez, Cabella went right and fooled Lafont with a powerful kick that passed between his legs. The Olympiens profited perfectly from the wait-and-see attitude of the TFC club, which remained in the dressing room for the first few minutes of the second half.
This goal evidently awakened Pascal Dupraz's lineup, which reacted rather quickly. Though Rekik missed a break with a header which missed the net, it was the locals that tied the scored before 60 minutes of play. On a loss of possession by Lopez, Toulouse pushed forward and profited from a favorable (and unfortunate) counterattack by Lopez, who had returned to assist his defense, Durmaz was glad to see the ball returned to him and beat Pelé without difficulty. This achievement was thus completed by TFC who tied it up and brought themselves back into the game without much trouble.
The Olympiens added lots of intensity in the first part of the second half and dropped a bit over the course of the next few minutes despite the addition of Alessandrini who demonstrated lots of energy. Marseille hit the post on the last direct kick in regulation time on a shot by Lopez. In extra time, the OM got off to a strong start again with numerous opportunities, but none of them managed to give a hard time to the young Toulousian goalkeeper. The OM pressured but to no avail throughout the first fifteen minutes of extra time. And like previously on this Sunday, the Olympiens started out the period strong and this paid off with another goal by Cabella on a feed from Alessandrini. Marseille continued to pressure, supported by the numerous fans in attendance at the Stadium, however, as the final minutes neared, Rudi Garcia's men retreated and turned over the ball to the Haut-Garonnais, who were fortunately unable to score.
During extra time, the OM imposed themselves in Toulouse and will therefore advance to the round of 16 of the French Cup finals. Marseille continued its good playoff play from December 2016 and thus begin there 2017 season with a qualification.