Scorer twice in the first quarter of an hour, Angelo Fulgini was the great architect of Angers’ victory this Wednesday in the Coupe de France against Stade Rennais (2-1), synonymous with qualifying for the round of 16.
“For us, it’s a day completely without. Off topic, we call it. I believe a lot in what we do when preparing for a match. When we do the session we did the day before …” Last Sunday, after the heavy defeat of his team on the lawn of Nice (3-0) in the league, Stéphane Moulin appeared very recovered at a press conference. The Angevin coach had criticized the investment of his players, convinced that they had not made the necessary efforts in training to prepare properly for this meeting.
He will not have the same criticisms to make to his group this Thursday. Despite a less controlled second period, the SCO managed to eliminate Stade Rennais (2-1) in the 32nd finals of the Coupe de France. This qualification for the 16th was built in the first quarter of an hour thanks to an express double from Angelo Fulgini. The elegant 24-year-old midfielder first found the flaw in his head when he received a cross from Vincent Manceau (4th), before making the break from the penalty spot (14th) after a foul by Damien Da Silva on Pierrick Capelle, well served in the area by the young Mohamed-Ali Cho.
Del Castillo evacuated on stretcher
Great hope of the SCO, Cho is used more and more by Stéphane Moulin. The 17-year-old Franco-English striker had already come into play in his team’s last three games. Between the fifth (Rennes) and the eighth (Angers) in Ligue 1, the debates were then balanced, and it was not until the entry of Sehrou Guirassy at the start of the second period for the suspense to be revived. Entered in place of Romain Del Castillo, evacuated on a stretcher after taking the ball in the face at close range (47th), the former scorer of Amiens reduced the gap with a very beautiful curled shot (53rd).
Returning from injury in early February after two months of absence, Guirassy almost equalized in the wake, but Ludovic Butelle came out in time to hamper him (54th). Much more dangerous with the entries of Guirassy, Martin Terrier and Yann Gboho, Rennes however narrowly missed in the last gesture to hope to snatch a penalty shootout. The Bretons will try to raise their heads on Sunday in Ligue 1 against Saint-Etienne, who was released this Thursday in the Coupe de France by Sochaux (1-0). Angers, for its part, will host FC Nantes from Antoine Kombouaré.