Coupe De La Ligue Round-Up: Andre Ayew Strikes As Holders Olympique De Marseille Sneak Through

OM were given a severe scare by Guingamp in the earliest of Wednesday’s games
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

Wednesday, October 27

Guingamp 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Lille 4-1 Caen
Auxerre 4-0 Bastia
Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais (aet)

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 as 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 centring 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 youngster 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.

Guingamp 0-1 Olympique de Marseille

Defending champions Marseille rode their luck as they eliminated Championnat National side Guingamp from the Coupe de la Ligue.

The hosts made a rapid start to the game and carved out a series of excellent chances in front of Andrade’s goal. With the visiting goalkeeper looking anything but assured, Alharbi El-Jadeyaoui put a great chance wide and Fabrice Abriel was forced to clear from the goal-line.

Completely against the run of play, Jordan Ayew centred for brother Andre to head the only goal of the game just before the interval.

After the break there was to be no improvement from OM, despite the involvement of substitutes Lucho Gonzalez and Souleymane Diawara. Indeed, the Bretons remained on the front foot as they hit the bar and looked the better side, but no leveller was forthcoming.

Lille 4-1 Caen

A strong looking Lille line-up had no problems getting by Caen to progress to the last eight of the Coupe de la Ligue.

With only seven minutes on the clock, los Dogues took the lead as a cross from Mathieu Debuchy was converted by Yohan Cabaye.

The guests replied in a similar manner through Sambou Yatabare, but things would turn sour for them when Benjamin Nivet was dismissed eight minutes before the break and Cabaye struck a second following a foul on Eden Hazard in the box.

With 11 men Caen would have struggled, but with just 10 the task was well beyond them and Lille eased to the quarter-finals. Gervinho struck the third, and Hazard capped off a strong showing by adding a fourth.

Auxerre 4-0 Bastia

Auxerre blitzed their way by Championnat National side Bastia, who had two men sent-off in the first half of the match.

Within 20 minutes the home side were cruising. Julien Quercia struck just eight minutes into the game and Dennis Oliech soon had a second. From there, Bastia self-destructed as Matthieu Sans and Fethi Harek were dismissed before the interval.

Cedric Hengbart smashed in a fine third for AJA, before Frederic Sammaritano found a fourth to really rub salt into the wounds of the Corsicans.

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