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The top flight sides had a tough time in the Coupe de France fixtures, with Marseille the big casualties...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Toulouse 1-2 Paris FC

Saturday, January 8

Chambery 1-1 Monaco (Chambery win 3-2 on penalties)
Creteil 1-1 Nice (Nice win 7-6 on penalties)
Troyes 2-3 Metz (aet)
Poissy 1-2 Strasbourg
Wasquehal 2-1 Auxerre
Arles-Avignon 1-1 Sedan (Sedan win 4-2 on penalties)
Avranches 1-3 Vendee Fontenay Foot
Chauvigny 1-3 Le Mans
Forbach 1-3 Lille
Nantes 3-1 Cognac
Nimes 3-2 Frejus
US Montagnarde 0-0 Drancy (Drancy win 7-6 on penalties)
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 Rouen
Angers 2-1 Valenciennes (aet)
Trelissac 0-1 Quevilly
Cherbourg 1-0 Le Poire Sur Vie
Caen 0–1 Olympique Lyonnais
Jarville 0-1 Sochaux
Lorient 4-1 Vannes
Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 Racing Club de Lens
Reims 1-0 Montpellier
Saint-Etienne 0-2 Clermont Foot

Sunday, January 9

Aurillac 2–2 Nancy (Nancy won 4-3 on penalties)
Martigues 2-1 Paray
Agen 2–0 Poitiers
Issy les Moulineaux 0-1 Brest (aet)
Raon L Etape 4–0 Sezanne
Boulogne 2-2 Amiens (Boulogne won 5-2 on penalties)
Rennes 7 -0 Cannes
Evian 3–1 Olympique de Marseille

Toulouse 1-2 Paris FC

Ligue 1 side Toulouse were the first high profile casualties of the Coupe de France this season as they crashed to a home defeat against a Paris FC side who play their football in the country’s third tier.

Les Violets made a smart start to the match but that didn’t stop them falling behind against the capital minnows, Youssouf Toure rattling a fine shot past Mathieu Valverde.

Stephen Vincent struck a fine free kick to make it 2-0 just after the break, with the half-time interval thwarting le Tefece, who had finished the opening period the better of the two sides.

Moussa Sissoko’s good work on the right created a goal for Fode Mansare, but Toulouse couldn’t strike level, despite a red card shown to Kevin Afougou.

Chambery 1-1 Monaco
(Chambery win 3-2 on penalties)

The new year has brought no improvement in Monaco’s form as they stumbled to a scrappy defeat on penalties against fifth flight Chambery.

It only took five minutes for the amateurs to grab the lead. Thomas Dubard was the man who broke the deadlock, firing low past Stephane Ruffier.

Chambery had an opportunity to extend their advantage but instead it was Chris Malonga who saved some face for the guests, breaking the offside trap to score on 20 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a great headed opportunity for Guy Lacombe’s men just before the break, but last season’s runners-up had to rely on a late save from their goalkeeper to take the game to extra-time, which failed to bring much serious action.

Daniel Niculae’s opening penalty clattered the bar, setting the tone for the guests, who would miss two further kicks en route to a 3-2 defeat.

Creteil 1-1 Nice (Nice win 7-6 on penalties)

Nice sneaked through against Championnat National side Creteil, winning through on penalties in Paris.

A superb shot from the edge of the box from Jean-Michel Lesage gave the home side a shock advantage after only five minutes of play.

Les Aiglons were quickly level thanks to a strike from Eric Mouloungui, who latched onto a Francois Clerc pass to equalise.

Nice were the dominant side in the closing stages of the game but couldn’t find a decisive goal. Goalkeeper Lionel Letizi was the hero of the penalty shoot-out, saving a potentially decisive kick before making another crucial block en route to a 6-5 victory.

Wasquehal 2-1 Auxerre

Injury-hit Auxerre crashed out of the Coupe de France with a surprising reverse against Wasquehal.

Jean Fernandez’s side started well enough, going ahead through Adama Coulibaly, who headed home Benoit Pedretti’s corner, but they couldn’t add to their advantage and were punished in the closing stages of the match.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, a fine volley from Gregoire Debuchy drew Wasquehal level after the hosts had steadied themselves after a tough first period.

In the final minute, a foul committed by Alain Traore conceded a penalty, which was joyfully converted by David Coulibaly, sending the northerners through.

Forbach 1-3 Lille


Ligue 1 leaders Lille had no problems progressing to the last 32 of the Coupe de France, eliminating minnows Forbach with a professional performance.

LOSC made a quick start to the match and had created a number of openings before Eden Hazard backheeled a Gervinho pass into the net.

Soon after the interval, Aurelien Chedjou added a second goal from a Florent Balmont centre, and the match was sealed further when Gervinho shot home following a corner kick.

Forbach were given a late memento of their big day when Errai converted a penalty with one of the last kicks of the game.

Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 Rouen

Bordeaux progressed in the Coupe de France, but their fixture against Rouen wasn’t an entirely simple on.

Jean Tigana’s side fell behind against their Championnat National opponents after little more than five minutes when Michel Rodriguez scrambled home following a corner kick.

The hosts responded well and had created several chances before Anthony Modeste converted a Benoit Tremoulinas cross.

Though the guests made it to half-time level, they didn’t survive too long afterwards. Jaroslav Plasil released Cheikh Diabate, who put the top flight side ahead.

Rouen went into the closing stages with a fighting chance, but Bordeaux were the better offensive side and made the game safe when Wendel produced an assist for Diabate to strike his second of the evening.

Arles-Avignon 1-1 Sedan

It took extra-time and penalty kicks for Sedan to overcome struggling Arles.

There was no scoring in regulation time, but ACAA, Ligue 1’s bottom side, moved into the lead through Kamel Ghilas. They wouldn’t hold on to claim only their second victory of the campaign as Nicolas Fauvergue levelled matters four minutes from the end.

That goal proved to be les Sangliers’ key to the next round, as they won the penalty shoot-out 4-2.

Angers 2-1 Valenciennes (aet)

Valenciennes were another Ligue 1 club to fall foul of lower division opposition on Saturday evening, crashing to Angers.

In the early stages it was the home side who impressed more, hitting the bar through Nicolas Gillet, though neither team could find a breakthrough in the first half.

By half-time, VA had been incensed by the refereeing, largely because of Gaetan Bong’s rather harsh dismissal just as the interval approached.

This didn’t stop the visiting side opening the scoring, though Carlos Sanchez’s shot required a large deflection to find the net.

Substitute Claudi Keseru’s powerful free kick was the catalyst to the levelling goal, allowing Ferebory Dore to scramble home from close range, thereby leading the game into extra-time.

Romanian attacker Keseru would be superbly denied by Nicolas Penneteau in the early stages of the additional periods, but he scored with a thumping shot to send Angers through.

VA’s misery was compounded late on when Vincent Aboubakar was dismissed.


Caen 0–1 Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon were made to work very hard for their place in the last 32, but ultimately overcame the challenge of Caen at a venue that has not historically been kind to them.

Though it was the visiting side who controlled possession in the first half, it was les Malherbes who were the more dangerous side, counterattacking swiftly and with purpose. Benjamin Nivet had the best first half chance but bent his shot against the bar.

Chances were thin on the ground in this encounter, so it was little surprise that the decisive goal came from a set piece. Kim Kallstrom’s corner may have been overhit, but the ball was cleverly backheeled into the net by the unlikely figure of Pape Diakhate after possession had been recycled by OL.

Claude Puel’s men suffered some nervy moments towards the end but ultimately Hugo Lloris was untested, and les Gones should have added at least one more goal to their tally on the counterattack.

Jarville 0-1 Sochaux


Sochaux made the trip to Nancy, where they met CFA2 side Jarville, and les Lionceaux struggled to overcome game opponents.

Young visiting goalkeeper Pierrick Cros was by no means a spectator in the first half, producing a terrific block to deny Anthony Rigole.

It wouldn’t be until the second half that the Ligue 1 club got any kind of grip on the game, though when they did Brown Ideye was unlucky to see a shot come back off the post.

Thomas Hollard in the home goal made notable saves from the Nigerian and Cedric Bakambu but was finally beaten with 10 minutes remaining. Kevin Anin’s cross was pinpoint, and it was matched by Ideye’s header into the top corner of the net, which proved the decisive moment of this tie.

Lorient 4-1 Vannes

On the face of things, Christian Gourcuff’s Lorient side breezed into the next round against local rivals Vannes, but les Merlus were made to work very hard by their near neighbours.

Patrick Leugueun gave the Ligue 2 struggled the perfect start when he put them into the lead, but James Fanchone levelled matters just before half-time.

Lynel Kitambala added FCL’s second prior to the hour mark, but as VOC tried to make a late rally they were heavily punished as Sigamary Diarra and Alaixys Romao both struck in stoppage time.


Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 Racing Club de Lens

PSG’s strong conclusion to 2010 has continued as they were Saturday’s big winners, easily sweeping by the Lens side of Laszlo Boloni, who suffered a nightmare debut in les Sang et Or’s dugout.

A Guillaume Hoarau header after 20 minutes was spilled by Hamdi Kasraoui, allowing Zoumana Camara to tap home the opening goal, and it was downhill for the guests from there.

Lens did pass up a couple of opportunities late in the first half and were made to pay a heavy price for their profligacy as Ludovic Giuly set-up Nene to strike a second for the holders soon after the restart.

And things grew bleaker only minutes later when Alaeddine Yahia was dismissed in the process of conceding a penalty that Hoarau converted.

The northerners were by no chasing shadows and it was little surprise when Nene crossed for Hoarau to head his second just after the hour mark.

Peguy Luyindula was presented a fifth thanks to some poor goalkeeping, meaning Eduardo’s late penalty offered the guests little consolation.

Reims 1-0 Montpellier

The theme of shocks in the Coupe de France continued when Ligue 2 strugglers Reims overcame Montpellier.

In the first half both sides had opportunities, but the more numerous fell to la Paillade, who couldn’t find a way past Kossi Agassa.

After the interval the story was the same until Mickael Tacalfred centred for Romain Amalfitano to head into the net with 15 minutes remaining.

Souleymane Camara, who had most of MHSC’s chances, had the best opportunity to level, but he was denied by Cedric Barbosa after taking the goalkeeper out of play.

Saint-Etienne 0-2 Clermont Foot

After a strong run before Christmas, Saint-Etienne were expected to overcome near neighbours Clermont, but they were left embarrassed at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as their cup run was ended prematurely.

An early goal on the counter from Sloan Privat set the scene for the shock, which looked increasingly likely as les Verts attacked impotently for much of the match.

Indeed, Clermont were the more effective offensive unit, looking constantly bright on the break and going two ahead when Nicolas Haquin completed another swift movement.

To compound the hosts’ problems, Laurent Batlles was sent-off with little more than 10 minutes to play.

Aurillac 2–2 Nancy (Nancy won 4-3 on penalties)

Nancy progressed through to the next round of the Coupe de France, but they did so in wholly unconvincing fashion.

Pablo Correa’s side appeared to be cruising through to the last 32 when Julien Feret and Andre Luiz registered in the first half, but the visitors collapsed after the break as Kamel Larbi struck twice for the CFA side.

Penalties were not kind to the valiant hosts, whose efforts ultimately came to naught as the Ligue 1 held their nerve to progress.

Issy les Moulineaux 0-1 Brest
(aet)

Top flight side Brest were another team to find the going tough against lower league opponents in the form of Issy les Moulineaux.

It was the guests who were the more impressive side in the early stages, but once the home side had settled they saw out the first period without suffering any great danger.

After the restart, Brest started with more purpose, but they were lacking in genuine threat. Richard Soumah did miss a glorious chance to give them the victory, but he shot over after rounding the home goalkeeper.

Extra-time would bring a winner for the Ligue 1 side, with 19-year-old Johan Martial heading the only goal of the game from a corner kick.

Rennes 7 -0 Cannes

Big-spending Championnat National outfit Cannes might have fancied themselves to upset a Rennes side who were misfiring prior to the Christmas break, but they were thoroughly humbled by the Bretons.

Alexander Tettey
pounced on an error to strike home the opening goal before new home signing Razak Boukari set Victor Hugo Montano clear to open the scoring midway through the first half, and the Colombian soon headed his second. On the half hour mark, Boukari set-up Yann M’Vila to strike a rare goal.

After the break there was little relent. Yacine Brahimi created the fifth for Tettey, while Boukari would complete a hat-trick of assists when he produced a decisive pass for Abdul Camara. The cake was finally iced when Brahimi scored a seventh.

Evian 3–1 Olympique de Marseille


Rising stars of the French game, Evian, produced the shock of the round when they eliminated a lacklustre Marseille side.

OM missed early chances, Brandao denied by home goalkeeper Quentin Westberg and Leyti N’Diaye hitting the bar with a header, and would soon be punished by their second flight hosts.

Cedric Barbosa
got the game swinging in the hosts’ direction with an angled shot that beat Elinton Andrade, and four minutes later Kevin Beriguad’s touch set free Yannick Sagbo to score.

Andre Ayew’s driven centre may have been turned into his own net by Cedric Cambon, but there would be no recovery from the French champions, whose miserable evening was completed when Beriguad scored less than 10 minutes from time.

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