OM get the job done as Nantes, Toulouse crash out
Marseille booked a place in the Coupe de France round of 16 with a 2-0 win over D4 side Epinal, while Nantes and Toulouse crashed out to Ligue 2 sides Auxerre and Bourg-en-Bresse respectively. Caen came through on penalties.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Coupe de France, Round of 32
SA Epinal (National 2, D4) 0 - 2 Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille boss Rudi Garcia opted to rotate his squad for this trip to face National 2 side Epinal, and although his reworked side struggled to break down a hungry home side for the first 60 minutes, Valère Germain (73') and Morgan Sanson (90'+3) lit up the latter stages of the match and clinched a place in the round of 16.
Canet Roussillon F.C. (National 3, D5) 1 - 1 SM Caen Caen win 4-3 on pens.
SM Caen, who had fallen 2-0 to Marseille in the league at the weekend, needed a penalty shootout to get past Canet Roussillon FC but prevailed 4-3 after the D5 side's Pierre Mahieu (13') and the visitors' Romain Genevois (29') traded goals in regulation time.
FC Nantes - AJ Auxerre (L2)
Meanwhile FC Nantes found themselves on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller at home to Auxerre, losing out 4-3 when they conceded Ibrahim Sangaré's winner (76') just after going down to ten men with the expulsion of Diego Lima (71'). A tough result for Claudio Ranieri's side but especially for rising star Adrien Thomasson, who had bagged a brace for the Canaris (38', 65').
FBBP 01 (L2) 2 - 0 Toulouse FC
So too Toulouse FC - coached by former assistant Mickaël Debève following Monday's sacking of Pascal Dupraz - crashed out of the competition. They had a man sent off - captain Christopher Jullien on the hour-mark - and Ligue 2 opponents Bourg-en-Bresse took full advantage, with Yoann Court making the break (63') and Julien Bègue (88') stitching up the result to claim a place in the next round.