Coupe de la Ligue Round-Up: Vincent Aboubakar Strikes Hat-Trick As Valenciennes Cruise

Cameroonian youngster Vincent Aboubakar grabbed the headlines with his match winning treble for VA.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Montpellier 2-0 AC Ajaccio
Valenciennes 4-0 Boulogne-Sur Mer
Monaco 1-1 Lorient (Monaco win 5-3 on penalties)
Saint-Etienne 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux

Montpellier 2-0 AC Ajaccio

Ligue 2 side Ajaccio made life difficult for Montpellier but rarely looked capable of beating their top flight opponents.

La Paillade had threatened through a Geoffrey Dernis free kick before they moved ahead through a cool finish from Hasan Kabze following good build-up play from Karim Ait-Fana and Olivier Giroud. Before the break, the scorer of the opening goal would hit the bar.

After the interval the guests tried to recoup their losses but never really came close, and Fode Koita struck in stoppage time to secure the home side’s passage through to the knock-out stages.

Valenciennes 4-0 Boulogne-Sur Mer

Teenage striker Vincent Aboubakar struck a tremendous hat-trick has Valenciennes easily dispatched the threat of Ligue 2 challengers Boulogne.

It didn’t take the 18-year-old too long to register his first goal for the hosts. Full-back Gaetan Bong, who would have a tremendous evening, burst down his flank before centering to the near post, where the African headed the opener.

Bong’s adventurous nature helped him grab the second goal when he finished easily following good work from Jose Saez and Guillaume Loriot.

After the interval the hosts didn’t relent in their pace. Aboubakar scored his second of the night when he volleyed home at the back post following good work from Gael Danic, and the youth completed a memorable night by reaching a pass from Bong and making the finish look outrageously easy.

Monaco 1-1 Lorient (Monaco win 5-3 on penalties)

Monaco marched into the last eight of the Coupe de la Ligue, but they were made to sweat severely by Lorient.

Guy Lacombe’s side had the better of the first half without causing les Merlus any undue danger, but after the break it was the visitors who were the better side, with Kevin Gameiro in particular threatening. Nevertheless, it was les Rouge et Blanc who went closest to finding the winner in normal time as Petter Hansson had a goal chopped off due to straying into an offside position.

On 99 minutes the Swede finally gave the home side an extra-time lead, directing Mathieu Coutadeur’s free kick into the net. That goal seemed likely to be enough, but Sigamary Diarra’s long range shot two minutes from time tied the match up.

After Park Chu-Young had scored the first penalty in favour of the home side, Arnaud Le Lan wavered for the guests, and that was to prove the only miss in the decisive penalty shoot-out.

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