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Toulouse trump Reims, Monaco fall to Metz

Publish on 22/01/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Toulouse booked their place in the last 16 with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Reims after extra time ended 4-4; AS Monaco were posted by Domino's Ligue 2 side FC Metz while LOSC and Guingamp both scored away wins.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Coupe de France, round of 32

Le Stadium, Toulouse

 Toulouse FC 4 - 4 Stade de Reims - Toulouse won 4-3 on penalties

It was a real nail-biter for Toulouse ad Reims came calling in the Coupe de France round of 32. Three times Alain Casanova's side went in front - twice thanks tho Aaron Leya Iseka - and three times they were caught by Reims, who took the lead in extra time before Max-Alain grade saved Toulouse's skin by making it 4-4 form the spot with just a minute to go.

The TFC captain also took what turned out to be the winning penalty in the resulting shoot-out, youngster Mathieu Cafaro crashing his corresponding effort off the cross-bar in a dramatic end to a breathless encounter.ith just three points separating Reims (11th) from Toulouse (13th) on the Ligue 1 Conforama table, Tuesday's cup tie should be an evenly matched contest for a place in the Coupe de France round of 16.


Stade Louis II, Monaco

AS Monaco 1 - 3 FC Metz  

Fresh from a 5-1 league hammering at the hands of Strasbourg, AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry was doubtless hoping for better against Domino's Ligue 2 side FC Metz. And while there was an encouraging sign as captain Radamel Falcao cancelled out Gauthier Hein's spectacular opener, Monaco came unstuck after the hour-mark.

Unsighted, 'keeper Daniel Subasic could do little to stop Marvin Gakpa's 25-metre curler on its way to the back of the net and he was nowhere to be found when Ibrahima Niane had the simplest of tap-ins to make it 3-0 minutes later. Although Falcao hit the post and Niane had a goal ruled out for a foul on Subasic, the score remained unchanged and Monaco went crashing out of the tournament.

Stade Marcel-Picot, Nancy

AS Nancy Lorraine 1 - 2 EA Guingamp  

Just days after a 9-0 walloping at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, two-time Coupe de France champions Guingamp gave themselves a dose of the best medicine by clinching qualification in their favourite competition. It was no walk in the park against Domino's Ligue 2 side Nancy, who surged in the second half and cancelled out Ronny Rodelin's opener through Santy Ngom just after the hour-mark.

Nancy were rewarded for their efforts by forcing extra time, but Guingamp hit back hard in the extra half-hour and had stopper Papy Djilobodji for a triumphant header that snuck in under 'keeper Guy Ndy Assembé and sent the Brittany club shooting into the round of 16.


Stade Louis-Michel, Sète

FC Sète 0 - 1 LOSC  

Jonathan Bamba was the hero for LOSC as they clinched qualification 1-0 away to fourth-fourth-division FC Sète. Without man of the moment Nicolas Pépé in the starting line-up or on the bench, Christophe Galtier's side endured some nervy moments as Sète carved out a number of chances to level the scores. However, they dug deep in defence, held firm and made sure of a place in the last 16.