Le Mans make last eight
Le Mans join PSG, Lyon, Valenciennes, Auxerre, Nancy, Marseille and Lens in the quarter-finals of the League Cup after a 3-0 dismantling of Niort.
League Cup, Last 16 Results
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Le Mans 3
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 20, 2007
(Marseille win 5-4 on penalties)
Le Mans eased through to the next round of the League Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Ligue 2 outfit Niort on Thursday evening. Rudi Garcia's men made their attacking intentions known from the start as Anthony Le Tallec crashed a shot off the bar in the first minute before Tulio De Melo opened the scoring in the 39th minute.
And despite being reduced to ten men following the second-off of Cyriaque Louvion, Gervinho made it 2-0 for the visitors mid-way through the second-half with Le Tallec rounding off an impressive night with a fine goal four minutes from time.
Lens kicked off Wednesday's French League Cup action with a fine 2-1 away win over Ligue 1 companions Monaco. Les Sang et Or, who lie 19th in the league table, have enjoyed a torrid start to the season with just two wins out of 11. However, all that was forgotten when Abdoulrazak Boukari, played in by Yohan Demont, steered a shot beyond Flavio Roma for a deserved lead in the 15th minute.
Monaco rallied and for much of the first-half put Lens under pressure. The visitors held on well but finally buckled after 67 minutes when Frédéric Piquionne profited from some slack defending to provide the equaliser.
The goal set up a grandstand finish as both teams looked for the victory. And it was Lens who may just have turned their season around with a winning goal in the 83rd minute, veteran Eric Carrière following-up Olivier Monterrubio's shot to put his side into the quarter-finals.
PSG avoided a potential giant-killing at the hands of Montpellier courtesy of a 2-0 win and two goals from Pauleta, the Portguese hitman becoming the club's joint-highest goalscorer with goals 99 and 100.
The record, which sees Pauleta move level with former PSG stalwart Dominique Rocheteau, was under threat from the seventh minute when the 34-year-old volleyed home. The second, history-making goal, came in the 90th minute with a fine finish from a Sylvain Arnaud pass.
In between Montpellier saw a penalty saved by Landreau but the night belonged to Pauleta who carved his name into the record books with two goals and passage for his team into the last eight of the League Cup.
PSG will meet Valenciennes in the next round who also made history by qualifying for the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in the club's history. A 2-0 win over Rennes was enough to secure their place thanks to goals from Mody Traore and Grégory Pujol either side of the break.
Lyon strolled to a 3-1 win over Caen thanks to goals from former Lille duo Kader Keita, Mathieu Bodmer with Karim Benzema adding a third, the youngster scoring his 12th goal in 13 domestic matches so far this season.
After Keita had opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Caen hit back with a goal on the half hour from Elliot Grandin. Fitness levels told however as the league leaders made little work of the contest in the second-half with two late efforts to secure a place in the last eight against either Niort or Le Mans who play on Thursday.
Auxerre produced the performance of evening on Tuesday to beat Nice 6-2 in extra-time in a thrilling match at Stade l'Abbe Deschamps.
For 90 minutes this was a close encounter as the sides finished 2-2 at the end of normal time - but then the hosts, one of the strongest home sides in Ligue 1, ran away with it during the extra 30 minutes. Auxerre had needed a Dennis Oliech goal four minutes into injury-time to force the extra period but then rammed home their superiority to leave the visitors shellshocked.
The home side opened the scoring through midfielder Benoit Pedretti in the fifth minute but Nice's Brazilian midfielder Ederson equalised from the penalty spot 10 minutes later. The game remained at 1-1 until the final 10 minutes when Joseph-Desire Job restored Nice's lead. Then came Kenya international Oliech's last-gasp equaliser before the floodgates opened. Toifilou Maoulida (105th and 120th minutes), Oliech again (112th) and Poland international striker Ireneusz Jelen (118th) grabbed the quartet of goals to give Jean Fernandez's side an emphatic victory.
Elsewhere Marseille beat Metz 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Velodrome. The hosts had numerous chances to win the tie during normal time but some poor finishing and resolute Metz defending meant the game remained goalless at 90 minutes. Three minutes into extra-time Senegal international striker Mamadou Niang put the hosts ahead but the visitors bounced back when Momar N'Diaye equalised four minutes later. When Djibril Cisse struck in the 104th minute his goal looked certain to put Eric Gerets' side straight into the quarter-finals but Metz equalised in the dying moments through Abdoulaye Balde. During the shoot-out the first nine penalty takers all scored before Sebastien Bassong missed for Metz, putting Marseille through.
Nancy beat Ligue 2 outfit Amiens 1-0 thanks to a Monsef Zerka penalty in the 13th minute. Zerka was one of several reserve players called up as coach Pablo Correa decided to rest the more established names.
League Cup Quarter-Finals
Lens v Nancy
Valenciennes v PSG
Auxerre v Marseille
Lyon v Le Mans
(Matches will take place on January 15/16, 2008)