Lyon join Rennes in Coupe de France semi-finals
A heavily rotated Lyon proved too good for Ligue 1 Conforama rivals SM Caen, with Jason Denayer (26'), Maxwel Cornet (49') and Memphis Depay (83') scoring in a 3-1 win at the Groupama Stadium.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Coupe de France, quarter-finals
Groupama Stadium, Lyon
Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 SM Caen
With club captain Nabil Fekir rested, Brazilian left-back Marçal suspended and fellow defender Jérémy Morel injured, Les Gones handed rare starts to Cornet, Pape Diop and Kenny Tete, but they always looked comfortable in front of their home fans, with Denayer heading home the opener following a pinpoint cross from Memphis (26').
Cornet flashed a warning shot wide after racing onto a Diop through-ball on the stroke of half-time (45') before making good on his threat minutes after the restart, sweeping the ball past Erwin Zelazny from close range (49').
Caen held Lyon to a 2-2 draw when the sides met in Ligue 1 Conforama in September, but there was to be no repeat here, despite coach Fabien Mercadel sending on attacking reinforcements Casimir Ninga (53') and Malik Tchokounté (65') for the run in. The former pulled one back (77') but it proved too little too late
Caen defender Alexander Djiku was given his marching orders after bringing Memphis down in the box (81'), and the Dutchman dusted himself down to convert the spot-kick (83') and complete the scoring at 3-1.
Stade Rennais FC booked their passage into the Coupe de France semi-finals earlier on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over second-tier US Orléans.
Roazhon Park, Rennes
Stade Rennais FC 2-0 US Orléans
Rennes welcomed back Hatem Ben Arfa, who had missed Sunday's 1-1 draw with Olympique de Marseille due to exhaustion, but the former France international and Co. were made to wait by the side currently eighth in Domino's Ligue 2.
Damien Da Silva had an effort ruled out for handball early on (26') before Ben Arfa saw a penalty claim ruled out by VAR (41'), but the Bretons finally broke the deadlock with Benjamin Bourigeaud finding the top corner with a curling free-kick (65'). M'Baye Niang then completed the scoring after a smart through-ball from Ben Arfa (71').
Rennes join Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain - who beat Dijon FCO 3-0 on Tuesday - in the semi-finals, with AS Vitré and FC Nantes still to play on 6 March.