Auxerre beats Sochaux on penalties and meets 18th from L1 to find the elite

Two games away from happiness. Auxerre qualified for the play-offs to join Ligue 1 at the Abbé Deschamps stadium on Friday by beating Sochaux on penalties in the second round of pre-Ligue 2 matches (0-0 after, 5-5). 4 on penalties) won. During the fateful session, captain Birama Touré gave his side the win after goalkeeper Donovan Leon stopped Sochali’s Yann Kitala’s attempt, leading to the taking of the pitch by the public who dream of promotion to Ligue 1 ten years after being relegated .

But before the later accession is really celebrated, AJA meets on 26. and May 29th in the second leg away to Metz or Saint-Etienne (or even Bordeaux for the most unlikely scenario).

The Auxerrois, 3rd in Ligue 2, deserve their qualification against Sochaliens (5th), who despite everything showed a lot of courage and finished the game very tired after already playing at Pariser FC ground on Tuesday and winning after extra time ( 2-1), for the 1st round of these “play-offs”.

The Icaunais, supported by 17,000 fans (boxes sold out), dominated the game but could regret that they lacked too much technical accuracy in the target zone to criticize their opponent’s superb defensive organisation, waiting and preferring to counterattack.

Missed Opportunities

In the first half, Gauthier Hein’s free-kick went just wide (44′), while goalkeeper Maxence Prevot converted a Hamza Sakhi shot from a corner to nothing (45′).

So Auxerre had to wait for injury time to take their best chance. Gaëtan Charbonnier went wide with a shot from close range after Sochaux goalkeeper Maxence Prevot failed to intercept a shot from Alexis Trouillet (90’+1).

Previously, the same Charbonnier had created some hot situations but without finding the frame (63′, 70′) or on a shot that was easily stopped by Prevot (49′). Gaëtan Perrin’s shot went wide in extra time (99′).

For their part, the Sochalians missed the chance early enough to get the opener after a cross from Maxime Do Couto was intercepted by Donovan Leon just ahead of Aldo Kalulu (13′), while Gaëtan Weissbeck failed to capitalize on a mistake by defender Carlens Arcus fails am Icaun goalkeeper (78th). The FCSM can also regret that the Auxerrois Quentin Bernard saved his team from Steve Ambri on the line in extra time, for an incredible chance at this moment of the game (105+1).

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