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PSG became the second side through to the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and were joined by Montpellier and Marseille.

Wednesday, November 10

Valenciennes 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Montpellier 2–1 Lille
Olympique de Marseille 2–1 Monaco

Valenciennes 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain’s good run continued as they showed a keen eye in front of goal to recover from a goal down to defeat Valenciennes.

Les Parisiens started the game in dreadful fashion and fell behind when Zoumana Camara deflected Mathieu Dossevi’s fourth minute shot into the net.

But the big centre-back was quick to make amends as he guided an excellent header into the corner of the net from a Stephane Sessegnon free kick.

The visitors maintained this momentum and moved ahead when Christophe Jallet sped down the right channel to latch on to a fine pass before shooting across Nicolas Penneteau and into the corner of the home net.

A goal from Peguy Luyindula early in the second half effectively killed the game off, though it was an excellent jinking run from Sessegnon that presented the striker with the opening, which he took clinically.

Valenciennes deserved more than their solitary goal as they largely controlled proceedings, but Guillaume Loriot hit the post prior to half-time and was also superbly denied by Gregory Coupet as the home side crashed out.

Montpellier 2-1 Lille

Rene Girard’s young Montpellier side progressed to the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals largely thanks to the individual excellence of Hasan Kabze, who grabbed a brace as they defeated Lille 2-1.

After les Dogues had made a positive start to the game it was the Turkish star who opened the scoring on 27 minutes, heading home a fine cross from Geoffrey Dernis.

Kabze doubled his side’s lead with a goal of some excellence soon after the break, beating several defenders, including Aurelien Chedjou, before finishing past Mickael Landreau.

The final quarter of the game was Lille’s and they got back into the fixture thanks to a strike from Eden Hazard, who latched onto a pass from Gervinho to rifle Rudi Garcia’s men back into contention.

As the visitors pushed in a futile manner for a leveller, Moussa Sow had an effort disallowed for offside.

Olympique de Marseille 2-1 Monaco

Didier Deschamps’ Marseille side got back to winning ways after their weekend Derby de France disappointment by beating Monaco 2-1, though they had to recover from a goal down to claim the win.

A handball in the box by Brandao led to a penalty kick that was converted by Mathieu Coutadeur, but OM responded before the interval. Jordan Ayew started the move that led to bother Andre Ayew converting a header from a Benoit Cheyrou cross.

Les Phoceens now had the momentum and moved ahead when Cesar Azpilicueta converted a shot from Andre Ayew that had deflected generously into his path.

The Spanish right-back played a key role in the dying stages as he cleared from the line as a Frederic Bulot shot beat Steve Mandanda, who would a minute later deny the same player.

Monaco pushed late on, but to no avail.

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