Nantes Snatch French Cup in Last Minute

Published May 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

France's Nantes ended the French Cup fairytale of Fourth Division Calais, Sunday in Paris, with a penalty kick, awarded by substitute Alain Caveglia seconds before the final whistle, winning the cup 2-1. 

Calais' coach Ladislas Lazano commented through Reuters at the end of the match saying that the referee blew so you have to respect his decision. "We are extremely frustrated to have conceded a goal like that." 

Playmaker Antoine Sibieki scored home's two goals, a 50th-minute equalizer and the winner from the spot.  

The visitors did not argue that the goal was a foul even though they felt it, managing to console themselves, "you cannot remain insensitive to this defeat, specially lost on penalty," said the midfielder Matthieu Millien. 

But, the truth is that the talented team's dream ended on the edge of the final match, disappointing their fans who had to travel all the way to support them in writing history, being the first team from the fourth division to get qualified and proudly appear in the finals with a remarkable performance, since 82 years. 

They cracked down two giants First Division sides including 1999 League champions Girondins Bordeaux on their way to the final - (Agencies). 


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