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Pépé dazzles as LOSC trump Sochaux

Publish on 07/01/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Nicolas Pépé starred and Brazilian forward Luiz Araújo bagged the only goal of the game to secure Les Dogues a 1-0 win over Domino's Ligue 2 side Sochaux and a place in the round of 32, in which they will face fourth-tier FC Sète.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Coupe de France, round of 64

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

 LOSC 1 - 0 FC Sochaux Montbéliard 

LOSC became the second-last team to qualify for the Coupe de France's round of 32 with victory at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Monday night, and while Christophe Galtier's side clearly dominated an under-cooked Sochaux side, they missed a raft of opportunities to kill the match off.

Pépé on fire

The home side went in front when Araújo - making just his fifth start of the season in all competitions - nodded home Pépé's delightful chipped cut-back after dazzling work from the Ivorian livewire (39'). However, LOSC almost saw Sochaux get back on level terms when Abdoulaye Sané pinched the ball from Jonathan Bamba in the area - but the Senegal striker fired straight at Mike Maignan (56').

LOSC went on to miss four clear-cut chances in the second half, with Pépé - directly involved in 60% of LOSC's goals this season with 12 strikes and six assists in all competitions - using his pace and trickery to no further avail.

Sète in the last 32

But LOSC held out for the narrow win and now get set to do battle with fourth-division side FC Sète in the Coupe de France round of 32 on Tuesday 22 or Wednesday 23 January.