Lyon undone, other big names advance
Lyon old boy François Clerc scored the winner against his former club for Nice. Ligue 1 leaders Lille, holders Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes all progressed from the Round of 32 of the French Cup.
Nice 1-0 Lyon (after extra-time)
Clerc left Lyon at the end of last season and joined Les Aiglons as a free agent. 15th in Ligue 1, Nice sprung a surprise against and OL side ranked 11 places higher in the table. Veteran Nice goalkeeper Lionel Letizi was called into action on a number of occasions in the second half of normal time, denying the likes of Michel Bastos and Kim Källström.
Clerc made the breakthrough in the 95th minute. Anthony Mounier’s corner was turned by Nemanja Pejcinovic into Clerc’s path and the former French international full-back gleefully stabbed the ball home. Lyon’s misery was compounded when centre-half Dejan Lovren was sent off a few minutes afterwards for a second yellow card.
Vaulx-en-Velin (DH, D6) 0-2 Rennes
Rennes made it three wins from three in 2011 and are still yet to concede a goal this calendar year. Vaulx-en-Velin, from the Lyon region, were far from disgraced and the lowest ranked club left in the competition held out until five minutes after half-time when Alex Tettey headed home a Yacine Brahimi cross. Young Brahimi finished the game as a contest with a second for Rennes 15 minutes from time.
Agen (CFA2, D5) 2-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Holders Paris Saint-Germain were made to work hard by Agen. Mathieu Bodmer had given the visitors the perfect start with an excellent angled shot on 13 minutes but the sides turned around level as Daffé equalised (41’).
Peguy Luyindula, handed a rare start by Antoine Kombouaré, restored PSG’s advantage in the 47th minute after Guillaume Hoarau cleverly dummied a pass from Nene. Seconds later Hoarau headed in from a Nene free-kick. Vandersnick (69’) reduced the final winning margin but PSG are still in contention to retain their crown and are also competing for honours in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.
Lille 1-0 Wasquehal (CFA2, D5)
Ligue 1 table-toppers Lille saw off fellow northern French club Wasquehal thanks to a 40th-minute goal from big Brazilian centre-forward Tulio De Melo, who connected with a pinpoint Ludovic Obraniak free-kick. An awkward playing surface made it difficult to play good football but Ligue 1’s most potent attack could have won by a bigger margin than the single goal.