OL claim Monaco scalp
Lyon followed up on their recent league win over PSG by knocking Monaco out of the Coupe de France 3-2 at the Stade Louis II; PSG dispatched Guingamp 4-2 while Montpellier, Metz and Troyes also booked places in the round of 16.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Coupe de France, Round of 32
AS Monaco 2 - 3 Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon struck a stunning blow in the league when they bested leaders PSG 2-1 in the last seconds of a thrilling encounter, and on Wednesday night they rolled on in style by knocking Monaco out of the Coupe de France 3-2 with hitman Mariano Diaz bagging a brace.
However, it was Monaco who took the lead through Montenegrin international Stevan Jovetic (14'). But then Bertrand Traoré (22') and Diaz (26', 55') hit back, Lyon showing plenty of cutting edge as they controlled the match to a successful conclusion, Rony Lopes' 72nd-minute reply - and Kamil Glik's powerful header off the post (90'+3) - notwithstanding.
The win is Lyon's fifth in an unbeaten run of six in all competitions, and they will go into Thursday's draw for the round of 16 - and Sunday's league trip to Bordeaux - full of confidence.
Paris Saint-Germain 4 - 2 EA Guingamp
Even without star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, both injured, Paris Saint-Germain never struggled to create chances and never looked like falling to a hard-defending Guingamp outfit, dominating play and making the difference from set pieces.
Adrien Rabiot (21'), Lucas Deaux (25', o.g.), Javier Pastore (64') and Marquinhos (89') did the damage for the capital club while Marcus Thuram (33') and DR Congo international Yeni Ngbakoto (75') - freshly arrived after signing from QPR - both struck from the spot.
While perhaps few would have been surprised by the result, the fact that Edinson Cavani - who needs just one goal to overtake Zlatan Ibrahimovic and become Paris Saint-Germain's all-time leading scorer - missed a host of chances, including a seemingly clear-cut header at the far post that saw Guingamp 'keeper Karl Johan Johnsson pull out a remarkable double save.
ESTAC Troyes 1 - 1 AS Saint-Etienne (a.e.t.) ESTAC Troyes won 4-3 on penalties
It was a hard-fought affair that went down to the wire as Saint-Etienne travelled to Troyes looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last two in all competitions under new coach Jean-Louis Gasset.
Veteran midfielder Benjamin Nivet (24') drew first blood for Troyes but Habib Maiga (48') hit back early in the second to pave the way for an eventual penalty shoot-out that saw Mamadou Samassa save two Saint-Etienne penalties as the home side prevailed to book their place in the next round.
Montpellier Hérault SC 4 - 3 FC Lorient
It was a real barn-burner in Montpellier as Michel Der Zakarian's men did battle with Ligue 2 outfit Lorient, but it was the home side who came out on top 4-3 following a frantic second half that saw them score three times in nine minutes.
Casimir Ninga starred with a brace that included Montpellier's opener and winner (10', 64'), while Denis Bouanga (7', 32') struck twice for the visitors who, after a thrilling and hard-fought match, can have some regrets that it is the MHSC who progress to the competition's round of 16.
Tours FC 0 - 0 FC Metz (a.e.t.) FC Metz won 2-1 on penalties
FC Metz had 23-year-old 'keeper Quentin Beunardeau to thank for their winning past Ligue 2 cellar-dwellers Tours, the third-choice 'keeper holding his nerve in a tense penalty shoot-out and saving no fewer than four penalties after regulation and extra-time had ended scoreless despite two clear-cut chances for Metz hitman Ibrahima Niane and three shots off the woodwork - two for Tours and one for Metz's Florent Mollet in extra-time.