Marseille, Paris through, Nice crash out
Paris and Marseille both notched convincing wins over lower league opposition while National (D3) side Plabennec scored the upset of the round by eliminating Nice as French Cup round-of-64 action continued on Sunday night.
Trélissac 0-2 Marseille
Marseille meant business in their match against CFA2 (D5) side Trélissac, and given their domination of the whole encounter, the scoreline could have been much wider.
The stars of OM’s show were Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Valbuena, both of whom had looked to be on their way out of the southern club at the beginning of the month.
Ben Arfa opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a deflected pass and then the tireless Valbuena set up Cheyrou for the second with 15 minutes to go, ensuring Marseille’s qualification for the round of 32.
Paris 5-0 Aubervilliers
Despite strong local support for CFA2 side Aubervilliers, this Parisian French Cup derby was a one-sided affair, Paris running riot 5-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Paris coach Aontoine Kombouaré fielded a full-strength line-up despite having suggested he would field a reserve side in protest at the match being scheduled in the late evening (20:45) in the middle of winter.
Kombouaré’s men were in full swing from the outset, dominating with their speed and the space it created. Former France international Peguy Luyindula scored a first-half brace (10’, 38’), one either side of Turkey international Mevlut Erding’s 22nd-minute strike.
Clément Chantôme turned in a Christophe Jallet cross to make it 4-0 (64’) before Jean-Eudes Maurice rounded out the scoring from the spot with ten minutes to go.
Plabennec 2-1 Nice
Nice became the only Ligue 1 side to fall to lower-league opposition in this season’s French Cup when they were eliminated away to National (D3) side Plabennec 2-1 in the upset of the round.
Despite going ahead through France international forward Loïc Rémy in the 13th minute and controlling the vast majority of the first half, Nice let the match slip just before half time, conceding two goals in two minute (45’, 45’+2) to Plabennec captain Jean-Michel Abiven.
Nice, for whom former PSG midfielder Didier Digard was making his competitive debut, couldn’t find a way back into the game and Plabennec held on for an historic win in their first home match against a Ligue 1 side.