Cup glory for Sochaux

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Sochaux secured a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Nantes in the final of the Coupe De La Ligue.

The Stade de France crowd were entertained throughout, with both sides producing some incisive attacking football.

The two goals in normal time came within five minutes of each other, with Nantes going ahead on 13 minutes.

Gregory Pujol gave Teddy Richert no chance, slamming home following great wing play from Frederic Da Rocha.

Sochaux were not behind for long, as Sylvain Monsoreau confidently converted having found himself one-on-one with Mickael Landreau.

Both sides had chances to win the match, with Richert pulling off a superb save in extra time to deny Da Rocha.

With nothing separating the two sides, penalties seemed inevitable and it was Sochaux who held their nerve the better to secure glory 5-4.

Pierre-Alain Frau, Jeremy Mathieu, Mickael Pagis, Souleymane Diawara and Benoit Pedretti were the successful marksmen for Sochaux.

Mickael Isabey, Johann Lonfat and Maxence Flachez missed for Sochaux, but they will be forgotten following victory.

Nantes' captain and keeper Landreau had the chance to secure glory for his team when stepping up, but his attempt at an impudent effort in the style of Antonin Panenka went horribly wrong and handed Sochaux a lifeline.

Landreau had the chance to atone for his error but he failed to keep out Pedretti's effort and Sochaux secured victory when Richert parried Pascal Delhommeau's shot.