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Apr 18, 2013

Evian continue to dream

Evian coach Pascal Dupraz hopes his team's achievement in sending Paris Saint-Germain packing from the Coupe de France can give them a lift in their battle to avoid relegation from Ligue 1.

Evian, in just their second season in the top flight, set up a home semi-final against Lorient after beating PSG 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the shadow of the Alps in Annecy on Wednesday, and Dupraz is now dreaming of a place in next month's final.

"We were compensated for a very good first-half performance," he told France 3 television after the game. "The second half was not so good but we hung in there. Now we can dream. The final at the Stade de France is just a game away.

"Now we hope this win will help us in our fight to stay in Ligue 1."

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He added, jokingly: "We are sorry for eliminating PSG but we wanted to go to the Stade de France too."

Evian are currently three points clear of the relegation zone with six matches of the season remaining, and face a crucial clash away to fellow strugglers Nancy this weekend before hosting PSG again on April 28. For now, though, the club are enjoying their achievement in ending the capital club's hopes of winning a first-ever domestic league and cup double.

"This win wasn't beyond our dreams because we are in the same division, but it is still some feat," president Patrick Trotignon told France 3. "A week ago, PSG were playing at the Camp Nou in the Champions League. We had to climb a big mountain but in this part of the world all the mountains are big!"

With the favourites out, the competition is now wide open, although Bordeaux are still hoping to lift the Coupe de France for the first time since 1987. They will travel to Troyes in the last four after struggling to a 3-2 win at second-tier Lens with a performance that did little to impress coach Francis Gillot.

"We deserved to be behind at half-time but we woke up a bit in the second half," Gillot told reporters after the game, in which he saw his team come from 1-0 down with giant Malian striker Cheick Diabate scoring twice.

"We are very good at putting ourselves in trouble and it happens a bit too often for my liking. We will have to do better if we are to win the semi-final. If we play like that again we have no chance."

The semi-final ties are set to be played in the week beginning May 6, while the final is pencilled in for Friday, May 31.

Semi-final draw

Evian v Lorient
Troyes v Bordeaux

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