The magic of the Cup struck again and all the ingredients were there this Thursday evening! Rouen, resident of National, beat Monaco in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France and on penalties (1-1, 6-5 tab). In a packed Robert-Diochon stadium, the Rouennais showed themselves without any apprehensions from the start.
More inspired and more technically comfortable, it was the locals who dominated this start of the meeting. But with flashes from the Monegasque offensive players, the danger also quickly returned to the goal of the Rouen players, in particular because of Balogun's runs. But still not impressed, the Rouennais did not hesitate to be even more aggressive. Except that by not realizing their opportunities, the Nordics were logically punished by Folarin Balogun. The scorer obtained a penalty and transformed it, all alone like a big man to give ASM the advantage (0-1, 34th).
Hit but not sunk, the National players did not let themselves be discouraged. On an avoidable foul from Zakaria in added time of the first period, the free kick hit from midfield ended in the area and the captain, Clément Bassin equalized and revived an entire stadium (1-1, 45th 3rd) .
Returning from the locker room and in the tough physically, the Rouennais were dominated during part of the second act. Often worried by Balogun, once again, the supporters can thank their goalkeeper, Léonard Aggoune for his numerous saves which allowed the Northern club to stay in the match. The lack of precision and technical accuracy of the Rocher players was also a key factor in this Rouen resistance. At the end of the match, the objective of going for penalties (no overtime in the Coupe de France) was clear for the locals.
Resisting the latest Monegasque attacks, they finally stood on the penalty spot to qualify for the quarter-finals. At first calm, they saw this next round slip away when Benzia saw his shot pushed back by Majecki and Kehrer then transformed to put Monaco back in front (tab 3-4). But Aggoune had not said his last word. The FC Rouen goalkeeper first took out Balogun's penalty (tab 4-4) before also repelling Akliouche's after Bernasque scored his without trembling (tab 6-5).
The fairy tale continues for these little National players who will host Valenciennes at home in the quarter-final at the end of February.