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The remaining games, on paper, looked very manageable for an Auxerre side full of momentum, the only difficulty would be balancing the league finish with the latter stages of the French cup. One week before the PSG result Auxerre had beaten Valence in the quarter-finals of the competition to book a semi-final against Marseille. After 4-0 and 2-0 wins over Lille and Bordeaux in the league the cup semi final had arrived.
With just three days rest after the Bordeaux win Auxerre arrived in Marseille for the semi final match up. After a gruelling encounter it looked all but over after Auxerre’s Lamouchi scored in the 118th minute but Marseille equalised in the 124th minute and Auxerre would once again be in a semi final shoot out. This time, mercilessly, they held their nerve. They would be in the final.
A draw and a win in the league kept Auxerre in pole position for a truly historic double as they entered the cup final against Nimes with high spirits. But by half time it looked to be slipping away. A 25th minute goal had put Nimes in the lead and Auxerre looked toothless.
It was clear Auxerre needed a spark and the talismanic Laurent Blanc, just seven minutes into the second half provided one. His bullet header levelled things and Auxerre were back. For another half an hour nothing happened, it was in the 87th minute that Auxerre won a free kick forty yards out to the side of the pitch. The cross was swung in expertly and in a sea of bodies rising Lilian Laslandes got highest. His glancing header had won the French cup, the unthinkable was on.