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Coupe de la Ligue: 15/1/14

19:38: FULL TIME: Troyes 3-1 Evian, Nantes 4-3 Nice.

19:36: GOAL: Troyes 3-1 Evian (Cabot). Game over, and Ligue 2 Troyes are through! Brilliant performance from the home side, who knock out a disappointing Evian.

19:34: Just a minute of added time or so left, with Evian and Nice throwing everything at the goal! But wait… we have a goal!

19:32: GOAL: Nantes 4-3 Nice (Gakpe). Unbelievable scenes here! Djordjevic plays a brilliant pass to release Gakpe, who obliges with the finish to surely win the game for Nantes! What a game this has been!

19:28: GOAL: Nantes 3-3 Nice (Cvitanich). They just don’t go away! Riou saves well from a powerful shot, but the ball rebounds kindly to Cvitanich, who has an open goal with Riou on the floor, and obliges with the tap in. Looks like extra time is on the cards.

19:23: A lot of action in just 2 games so far! Both games currently decided by one goal, so any late strikes could be crucial. Evian pressing hard against Troyes, but the home side are holding on.

19:19: GOAL: Nantes 3-2 Nice (Vizcarrondo). Nantes are back in front! It is Vizcarrondo the defender who gets on the scoresheet, and add yet more drama to this fantastic game. Neither side giving in.

19:15: GOAL: Nantes 2-2 Nice (Kolodziejczak). Nice are back into the game as Kolodziejczak scores after good work from the lively Bruls. We have a game on here, with extra time looming if the scores stay level.

19:10: GOAL: Troyes 2-1 Evian (N’Sikulu). Evian are back in it! They pull one back after a smart finish from N’Sikulu, and will Troyes live to rue missed chances?

19:06: Close: What a chance for Troyes to bury the game! Court is released on goal from an over the top though ball, and his first touch to control the ball is brilliant. However, the ball then rebounds back off of his leg, and into the keeper, who can eventually clear. Unfortunate there for the home side.

19:03: Close: Evian almost pull one back as the ball is played across the face of the goal, but Petric bravely throws himself into a sea of feet to clear for a corner.

19:00: Evian look much better so far in this second half. They are pressing and advancing into the Troyes half much more than before, but that does mean that they are vulnerable on the counter. It looks like there are goals in this one.

18:56: GOAL: Nantes 2-1 Nice (Djordjevic). Another fantastic goal puts Nantes ahead. This time, the ball is played into Djordjevic’s path on the right and he hits a shot on the stretch right into the bottom left corner. Clinical finishing. 

18:54: You feel that the next goal in the Troyes vs Evian game is crucial. If Troyes get it, it is as good as game over, but if Evian grab one it is game on again.

18:52: GOAL: Nantes 1-1 Nice (Djordjevic). Brilliant goal to get Nantes back into the game. A shot is fired towards the goal, and Djordjevic sticks out a leg to flick it past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

18:47: A little half time change to tell you about here, with Nantes bringing on Audel for Bessat in the hope of getting back into the game.

18:46: KICK OFF: We are back underway in both Coupe de la Ligue games!

18:45: The teams are out, and kick off is imminent…

18:32: HALF TIME: Troyes 2-0 Evian, Nantes 0-1 Nice.

18:28: GOAL: Troyes 2-0 Evian (Gimbert). The lead is doubled! Troyes race into a 2-0 lead just before half time after another bit of final third quality. After some nice build up, the ball drops to Gimbert on the edge of the box, who hits the ball into the ground and sends it into the bottom corner. Cupset very much on.

18:25: Just about 5 minutes to go in both games until half time. Both stand at 1-0 to, I guess, the underdogs. In terms of overall league positions in the French league ladder, Nantes are 6th while Nice are 14th, and Troyes are 31st compared to Evian’s 16th. Just goes to show how unpredictable the cup is.

18:20: Nantes are trying very hard to get back into the match through Djordjevic and co., but it just isn’t working at the moment. Djordjevic strays offside to break down the home side later attack.

18:17: GOAL: Troyes 1-0 Evian (Nivet). I told you! Troyes take what is a deserved lead after some class in the final third at last. The ball is pulled back from the right hand side to Nivet, who provides a powerful left footed finish into the top of the goal. Great goal.

18:14: Troyes are actually beginning to get the upper hand in this game. They are controlling possession in the middle of the park, but their final third is still letting them down. Evian need to step it up.

18:11: Nice have managed to silence a previously bustling Nantes crowd with that early goal. Nantes have responded well to going behind, but are still yet to create a clear cut chance one quarter of the way through the game.

18:08: Still 0-0 in the Troyes vs Evian game. Both sides are currently poor in the final third, with almost all of the attacks in the game being wasted by a stray pass or poor shot. The more clinical side will win this one.

18:04: GOAL: Nantes 0-1 Nice (Digard). And from their next free kick, Nice do open the scoring! This time, Digard hits a powerful low strike into the bottom corner, which goes in off the post. Technically that was the goalkeepers side, not the wall’s, but it would be harsh to suggest it was Riou’s fault.

18:02: Close: And from that free kick, Bruls almost scores. The free kick is well struck, but the keeper just parries it away.

18:00: First card of the game for Nantes, and it goes to Vizcarrondo. The challenge was made from behind, but it looked like a dive to me… Free kick in a dangerous position, with Bruls over it…

17:56: Best chance of the game at Nantes, and it falls to the home side. The ball drops to the edge of the box invitingly, but it is shanked over the bar.

17:54: Evian beginning to push now against their lower league opposition, but are yet to truly test the goalkeeper. Troyes will look to hang on and build some nerves in the away side. The longer it remains goalless, the better.

17:48: Conservative starts to both of the games, no clear cut chances of note in the first few minutes. Nantes and Evian, being the higher rated teams in the table of French football, are the favourites, but do not underestimate the home advantage of Troyes.

17:45: KICK OFF: We are underway in both games!

17:40: Hello everyone and welcome for a Coupe de la Ligue special live commentary. We have two games coming up today at 17:45 GMT: Nantes vs Nice and Troyes vs Evian, so kick-off is looming…

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