At the end of a more balanced match than one might have thought, Stade Plabennecois fell by nothing against Grenoble (1-0). The adventure therefore ends in the round of 16 for the Bretons.
After successes against Cholet (1-0), Ergué-Gabéric (2-1) then Vannes (2-0), Stade Plabennecois had inherited Grenoble Foot 38 for its round of 16. A tough opponent who occupies 5th place in Ligue 2. Pushed by a Kervéguen stadium filled for the occasion, the Finistériens who are playing in National 3, therefore had to achieve a feat to hope to continue their adventure in the competition. And even if the challenge was obviously daunting, the outcome of the meeting was totally unpredictable.
An opening of the score too quickly conceded
To reassure his team which had conceded seven goals against Stade Brestois B last weekend, Nicolas Cloarec lined up a five-man defense from the kick-off. A change of system which worked rather well since the Stade Plabennecois conceded very few opportunities in the first act. Unfortunately against a team of standing from Grenoble, a single opportunity can be enough to make the difference.
Before the quarter hour of play, Amine Sbaï played several defenders of Plabennec before striking towards the goal. The ball went to bounce on a capricious lawn to deceive an unlucky Antoine Fontaine (0-1, 11th). A catastrophic scenario if we stick to the words of the Breton coach who absolutely did not want to race after the score given the solidity of Grenoble.
Stade Plabennecois is equal game until the break
Despite the opener, Nathan Madec’s partners did not give up, quite the contrary. With a conquering face and an irreproachable collective spirit, the residents of National 3 faced their opponents without complex. They tried to play all the shots thoroughly, but lacked accuracy when approaching the Grenoble surface. The Plabennecois then very rarely suffered the hierarchical superiority of the visitors and moreover did not go far from equalizing on a set piece before half-time.
So close, but so far
Plabennec continued to fight with honor in the second act to get back in the game. In difficulty when it came to producing play on an execrable lawn, Nicolas Cloarec’s proteges proved dangerous on each set piece. And while Grenoble took advantage of a strong moment to reassure themselves, Simon Bourhis almost equalized with a header (64th). The minutes then continued to pass and the hopes of the premises became increasingly slim. After a last burst on a long shot from Loann Guégan well stopped by the Isérois goalkeeper, the referee of the meeting whistled the end of the match.
A frustrating elimination for the Bretons
With this defeat on the smallest of the gaps (1-0), Stade Plabennecois leaves the Coupe de France with its head held high. The three-division gap that existed between the two formations was not felt on the pitch. The Finisterians can even harbor some regrets in view of the many badly negotiated opportunities. We will nevertheless remember their magnificent course until the 16th final.