Ajaccio showered hopes of a direct climb to AJ Auxerre, who would then go through the playoffs 10 years later to find the elite. However, the atmosphere in Burgundy was hot.
Auxerre fans wanted to pour in all the ingredients to make this evening a landmark. A packed Abbey-Deschamps stadium – unheard of since 2015 – and the kind of excitement the city had not known for at least a decade. The AJA bus took 25 minutes to reach the stadium before the match. “It was impressive, and very enjoyable”, says Burgundians coach Jean-Marc Furlan.
Ten years after his relegation, AJ Auxerre had to outperform AC Ajaccio to get his direct ticket to Ligue 1. The Corsicans won 1–0 against Toulouse. Despite their 2–1 win, Auxerrois finishes in third place and would go through the play-offs first, then through an accession–relegation play-off against 18th in Ligue 1.
Spectators believed in Toulouse equalizer
But an unusual scene created a misunderstanding in the press gallery during the match. Some viewers apparently followed the development of the score in Ajaccio on their phones. After hours of the game, some get up, excitedly, turning to the unreliable journalists, leading other spectators around them and wrongly believing in a good part of the stadium, which Toulouse equals in Ajaccio. Had done it.
Some smoke bombs also exploded from the side of Kop. Even the Auxerrois coach, who refused to monitor his opponents’ scores, believed it: “When the public shouted, we on the bench thought Toulouse was back. But we thought about it.” Thought for 5 minutes. I have a staff who is obsessed with opponents, I am focused on my team and I didn’t know the result in Ajaccio”.
Despite this false happiness, there is no despair for Jean-Marc Furlan, who anticipated this scenario: “I’m not an idiot, I had prepared for tonight’s victory and then the play-offs. CT from the final.” I already had Friday’s match in mind.
“Priority to those who will let us win!”
About thirty spectators descended on the field in the direction of the players after the match, before the announcer ordered: The season is not over! In less than a week, AJ Auxerre will receive either Paris FC (fourth) or Sochaux (fifth), who will face each other in the meantime. When asked about a potential favorite opponent, the Burgundy coach smirked with a smile: “I have a preference for the guys who will let us win! It’s going to be tough, they’re two antinomic teams, but it’s hard to maneuver them both.” is “.
So this 38th day was just a general rehearsal of the atmosphere for Abbe-Deschamps, once again boiling, expected for the playoffs in Yonne the following Friday.