A great start
You had to be on time at the Stade de la Rabine for the Coupe de France clash on Sunday. In a sold out Vannes stadium, despite the rain, the home side opened the scoring inside the opening 60 seconds. From a corner, Cakin headed passed Romero to the delight of the VOC fans. However that joy didn't last long as Falcao equalised moments later. 'El Tigre' inherited possession from James' lay off and his powerful shot found the top corner of Petit's goal. After this blistering start, the game calmed as both sides sat a little deeper to observe their opponents.
James answers Aguemon
In the 22nd minute, James turned the entire defence inside out before firing home a shot that deflected off an offside Rivière and the goal was refused. Vanne's response came in the 33rd minute. The lively Aguemon let fly with a powerful shot that Romero palmed out into the path of Suarez. With an empty net at his mercy, Suarez sent the ball flying into... the stands! Two minutes later Aguemon was at it again with a great counterattack down the left wing. He beat Isimat before scoring beyond Romero to make it 2-1! Fortunately, an excellent Falcao pass picked out James to equalise just before the break!
Ranieri rests Falcao and James
ASM had it all to do at the start of the second half and carved out the first chance of the second period when Rivière couldn't hit the target from James' cross (48'). In the 52nd minute, Isimat denied Suarez inside the penalty area, before Youga powerful effort headed into the skies above Vannes (53'). With just over an hour gone, Claudio Ranieri decided to rest Falcao and James, who returned from holidays slightly later than the rest of the squad. Ocampos and YFC came into the game, but the Vannes defence was a solid as ever and clear cut chances were rare. With the game heading towards extra-time, ASM had a chance with a long-range free kick taken by YFC (79').
YFC delivers victory
For the home side, Cakin, who scored the first goal of the evening tried his luck from distance, but Romero made the block (80'). In the end, the breakthrough came in the 86th minute as Claudio Ranieri's side finally made the difference. YFC cut in from the left wing and let fly from the edge of the area. The low shot beat Petit and ASM led for the first time in the game. The side from the principality comfortably held onto to its lead until the final whistle. AS Monaco FC will be in the last 32 of the Coupe de France with the draw to be held on Monday.