Versailles, 4th division, surprises Toulouse to reach the QFs of the Coupe de France


Fourth division Versailles upset the Coupe de France on Saturday by winning 1-0 against second division leaders Toulouse to reach the quarter-finals.

The dozens of Versailles supporters who traveled 670 kilometers (415 miles) south from outside Paris were jubilant at the final whistle, as were substitutes who rushed off the bench to hug their team-mates.

Toulouse had played most of the game with 10 players after striker Steve Mvoue was sent off in the 22nd minute and the visitors finally took advantage when striker Kapitbafan Djoco struck in a low cross in the 79th.

Versailles held on for six minutes of added time and could still face trophy holders Paris Saint-Germain, who host Nice on Monday. PSG are top of the French league with Nice in second place.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Nancy, who are bottom of the Second Division, lost 2-0 at home to second-tier rivals Amiens.

Later on Saturday, Montpellier took on 10-time winners Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome.

Marseille have not won the trophy since 1989 and have lost in four finals since, while four-time runners-up Montpellier have won it twice but not since 1990.

In addition, top-tier Reims hosted second-tier Bastia, with no guest supporters from the Corsican side allowed in the stadium or in the city centre, after clashes with police in 2016 a Bastia supporter lost the sight of his left eye.

In Sunday’s games, six-time winners Saint-Etienne are fourth tier Bergerac and Lens host Monaco in a Premier League game.


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