Coupe de France: why we must not miss the quarter-final between Lyon and Monaco

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Olympique Lyonnais and Monaco will face each other tonight for a place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.

Olympique Lyonnais host AS Monaco at Groupama Stadium on Wednesday April 21 at 9:10 p.m. for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. A great poster to follow live on France 3 and France.tv and that you should not miss …

Since the creation of the Coupe de France, Lyon and Monaco have faced each other six times. From the first in 1960 to the most recent in 2018, the Monegasque club largely leads the way since it has won five times (1960, 1963, 2000, 2004, 2010) for only one victory for the Lyon club (2018).

The two teams met only once in the quarter-finals in 2000. Lyon hosted Monaco for their only home game in six games and ended up losing 3-1. A closed match? The history between the two clubs says the opposite. At least two goals have been scored in each game in this competition and in the last ten matches in all competitions, none have ended in a draw. What to promise a beautiful show.

A battle between two Ligue 1 teams in the Coupe de France is already a great poster. But it is even more so when both teams are at the top of the table. Monaco and Lyon have been engaged in a distant duel for several weeks in the league. A frantic race for the title of champion with Lille and PSG.

Monaco, who can boast of having the second best attack in Ligue 1 with 70 goals. Lyon is not left with 65 achievements. The two teams will cross swords in another perspective, that of qualifying for the last four of the Coupe de France. Memphis Depay and Wissam Ben Yedder, respectively second and third top scorer in the championship, will place this attacking duel at the center of attention.

To get to this stage of the competition Monaco had to face two other Ligue 1 teams (Nice, Metz), this is not the case for the Rhone club. Rudi Garcia’s players only faced lower level opponents. If the Lyonnais easily defeated two Ligue 2 teams, Ajaccio (5-1) in the 32nd final and Sochaux (5-2) in the 16th, they scared each other against the Red Star, a National club, in going all the way to penalties in the previous round.

Against Monaco tonight, adversity will be on another level. OL will have to show their best face to win the last four of the Coupe de France for a third consecutive season. This match could allow the Lyonnais to reassure themselves after several worrying performances. This was particularly the case on Sunday in Ligue 1 against Nantes despite the victory (1-2).

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