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European Match of the Weekend: Lyon v Quevilly

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Third-tier Quevilly are looking to go one better than their losing appearance in the 2010 final

Until this season, the greatest sporting son of the small Normandy town of Le Petit-Quevilly was decathlete Alain Blondel, who was crowned European champion in 1994.

Whatever the result of Saturday's Coupe de France final in Paris, it now looks like Blondel's achievement will be eclipsed in the eyes of the town's 22,000-odd residents.

That is because their local team, Quevilly, will face French giants Lyon at the Stade de France on Saturday - and are potentially just 90 minutes away from lifting the trophy.

Quevilly's sensational run to the final this season has already accounted for top-flight sides Marseille and Rennes, so the prospect of facing the seven-times champions towards the end of what has been a disappointing campaign for them will not fill the part-timers with too much dread.

Amazingly, Quevilly have pedigree in this competition. They reached the final once before, all the way back in 1927, and around half the members of manager Regis Brouard's current squad were at the club when they lost to Paris St-Germain in the semi-finals two years ago.

The Coupe de France has more form in recent years when it comes to lower league teams reaching the final than most cup competitions in major European countries. Nimes were beaten 2-1 by Auxerre at the Parc des Princes in 1996, Nantes claimed back-to-back trophies against second-tier Sedan and fourth-tier Calais in 1999 and 2000 respectively after the final was moved to the Stade de France, while Amiens lost out to Strasbourg in 2001.

To prove that an upset is possible, Quevilly need only look at second-division Guingamp, who beat Rennes 2-1 in the 2009 final.

Quevilly may be the poor relations on paper on Saturday, but they are ready to meet Lyon on equal terms.

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