Five-star Lyon too strong for Montpellier
By A. Scott
Olympique Lyonnais set up a Coupe de France round of 32 tie with Olympique de Marseille after putting five past Montpellier Hérault SC for the second time this season.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Coupe de France round of 64
Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Bruno Genesio's side won 5-1 when they hosted Montpellier in Ligue 1 back in September and they cruised to a 5-0 win on this occasion to clinch their place in the next round.
Lyon were on their way after opening the scoring inside four minutes. Alexandre Lacazette controlled a Mathieu Valbuena free-kick on his chest inside the box, turned and volleyed low past Laurent Pionnier for his 16th of the season in all competitions.
Mouctar Diakhaby headed in to make it 2-0 shortly after and Lyon went into the interval three goals to the good as Nabil Fekir lifted the ball over the advancing Pionnier.
Maxwel Cornet then made sure of a comprehensive win by adding a brace in the second half, first latching onto a tremendous Fekir pass and rounding the 'keeper to slot in (71') and then heading in a Fekir cross (74').
Toulouse FC 1 - 2 Olympique de Marseille after extra time
Rémy Cabella was the hero for Marseille with both goals as they edged out Toulouse FC 2-1 after extra time in a hard-fought tie.
In the absence of the suspended Bafétimbi Gomis, Cabella played in a front three for OM at Le Stadium along with Bouna Sarr and Florian Thauvin. Their movement was a constant problem for Toulouse in the first half, and Rudi Garcia's side dominated.
However, it was not until two minutes into the second half that OM got their noses in front. Maxime Lopez slipped a pass through for Cabella on the right side of the penalty area and the France international's shot went under Alban Lafont and in.
To their credit Toulouse came back from that to equalise before the hour mark. Having created the opener, Lopez was at fault this time. He conceded possession in midfield, allowing the hosts to attack. Martin Braithwaite's reverse pass towards Jimmy Durmaz was clever but it would never have reached the Swede without a crucial touch off Lopez. Durmaz swept the ball past Yohann Pelé to level.
Braithwaite then missed a golden chance to put Toulouse ahead after being set up by Durmaz and substitute Romain Alessandrini headed a Lopez free-kick off the post late on as an absorbing tie went into extra time.
Still Marseille looked the more dangerous team and last season's beaten finalists secured their place in the round of 32 thanks to Cabella, who turned in a low cross by Alessandrini just after the halfway point in the extra period.
FC Lorient 2 - 1 OGC Nice
OGC Nice are left to focus all their attentions on the Ligue 1 title race after throwing away the lead to lose 2-1 away at FC Lorient on Sunday.
Missing Dante, Mario Balotelli and Younès Belhanda among others, they took the lead just before half-time when Alassane Pléa headed in a Vincent Marcel cross. However, Ligue 1 strugglers Lorient fought back in the second half, equalising courtesy of Jérémie Aliadière before Walid Mesloub grabbed the winning goal with quarter of an hour remaining.
Elsewhere, SM Caen won 3-0 away to fifth-tier Sainte-Geneviève in the Paris suburbs in a game that had been postponed on Saturday, with Ronny Rodelin netting a first-half brace before Ivan Santini put the seal on the win in the second half.
Girondins de Bordeaux needed a late goal by Malcom to scrape a 1-0 victory at second-tier Clermont Foot, but FC Metz are out after being beaten by Ligue 2 opposition in the shape of RC Lens. Benjamin Bourigeaud and Cristián López scored second-half goals for the hosts in the far north, with Djiman Koukou being sent off for Les Sang et Or in between.
Stade Rennais FC cruised into the next round with a 6-0 win away to the amateurs of La Jeanne d'Arc de Biarritz in the Basque Country. Ludovic Baal, Wesley Saïd, Adama Diakhaby, Joris Gnagnon, Habib Habibou and Mexer all scored for the Bretons.
Things were a little tougher for AS Saint-Etienne away to IC Croix Football of the fourth tier. Romain Hamouma put Les Verts ahead at the Stadium Lille Métropole but Yero Dia brought the northerners back on level terms before the break. However, Christophe Galtier's side went on to secure a 4-1 win in the second half as Jordan Veretout netted twice and Alexander Søderlund also hit the target.
Angers SCO scraped past fourth-tier US Granville in Normandy, coming from behind to win 2-1. Florian Jegu put the hosts in front but Jonathan Bamba, the new loan signing from Saint-Etienne, equalised in the first half and Dickson Nwakaeme bagged the winner just after the hour mark.