> THE ESSENTIAL
The TMFC knew how to use its strengths and take advantage of the opponents’ weaknesses. If Sète showed quality up front, his defense made up of R1 players struggled when there was more intensity. The Toulousains were able to exploit the errors of the libero Yajou from the start of the second period. Surprised against the course of the game at the last minute of a successful first act where, once again, there was no lack of realism, without which it is difficult to lead when the opportunities are there, the locals recovered well.
Ben Brahim’s speed and driving hurt a lot and allowed a logical equalizer. Unfortunately a loss of ball in the middle of the field allowed Alan Dzabana a lob of 35 meters on a superb inspiration. Far from being discouraged, Olivier Hernandez’s men were able to continue to push and jostle their hosts for a first equalizer. Then a penalty for a main visitor gave the advantage to euphoric Toulouse who for the first time come out of an N2 formation. Without speaking about exploiting in front of adversaries a priori diminished, it is a super performance which will probably call others.
In Toulouse, Ngamb’s activity was noticed. Captain Krissian assures and reassures. But it was the entry of Ben Brahim that served as the trigger.
The Sète side Morales is often taken his lane wisely. The two Dzabana brothers have fine qualities.
> THEY SAID
Olivier Hernandez (TMFC coach): “A real cup match. We take this but in the 44th against the run of play. In the second we pressed to get a result because we are a team that plays and it paid off. In the end it was hard but the solidarity of the group made the difference.”
Nicolas Le Bellec (Sète coach): “I’m disappointed because I thought we had done the hardest part by leading.”