Sochaux winger Yassin Mikari revealed he had a car waiting to whisk him to his wife's side if she gave birth to his first child as he prepared for tomorrow's second match at Montpellier in four days.
Mikhari is due to become a father any day now but has not been home since scoring a dramatic extra-time winner in Wednesday's 3-2 Coupe de France victory against the faltering French champions.
Sochaux opted to stay in the south of France and train at nearby La Grande Motte rather than return to Montbeliard ahead of tomorrow's Ligue 1 clash at the Stade de la Mosson.
Disclosing that he had even resorted to sitting in a car with the club steward, the Swiss-born Tunisia international told www.fcsochaux.fr: ``If my wife gives birth, I am allowed to leave immediately.''
Mikari, 30, is not renowned for his goalscoring since joining Sochaux from Grasshopper in 2009, so his goal on Wednesday was extra-special.
``Even though I already got such a strike in the Swiss championship, I had not yet been able to reproduce it.
``It was amazing! I dedicated my goal to my wife.
``I have one day the opportunity to show my child.''
The midweek victory maintained Sochaux's run of winning every game in 2013, helping them progress in both cup competitions and pull clear of the relegation zone.
Montpellier, on the other hand, crashed to a third straight defeat, their December revival seeming a long time ago as they face up to the loss of some of their key players during the transfer window.