Monaco and Auxerre suffer Cup shocks
Monaco and Auxerre tumbled out of the French Cup on Saturday as the Ligue 1 duo were stunned by fifth-division opposition. Lille and Bordeaux came through their ties.
Chambery, who play in France's fifth division, had taken an early lead through defender Thomas Dubard only for Chris Malonga to level for the visitors from the principality with only 19 minutes on the clock. With the teams unable to break the deadlock a shoot-out ensued - Remi Sahinovic netting the decisive penalty to send the minnows through 3-2.
There was a similar story at Créteil, just outside Paris, with the third division hosts moving ahead on five minutes only for Eric Mouloungui (18) to restore parity shortly afterwards for Nice. However, the Ligue 1 side kept their nerve in the shoot-out, coming through 7-6.
Adama Coulibaly had given Auxerre the ideal start at Wasquehal with the opening goal after just 12 minutes. However, the Burgundy visitors failed to hold out with Grégoire Debuchy levelling with ten minutes left before David Coulibaly tucked away a penalty two minutes from time to score the hosts a shock win.
Lille ease through
No such problems for Ligue 1 leaders Lille who comfortably defeated another fifth-division side, Forbach, 3-1. Rudi Garcia's men went ahead ten minutes before the break through Eden Hazard before Aurélien Chedjou doubled their lead three minutes after the break and Gervinho added the third 17 minutes from time before the hosts pulled one back in added time.
Michel Rodriguez raised hopes of a surprise at the Stade Chaban Delmas as he gave Rouen a sixth-minute lead against Bordeaux. However, Anthony Modeste equalised just before the half-hour mark and Cheick Tidiane Diabate (48, 81) struck twice as Les Girondins eased through.
Ligue 1's bottom side Arles-Avignon became another top-flight victim of the giant-killers as they slipped to a shoot-out defeat at home to Sedan. Kaba Diawara finally broke the deadlock seven minutes into extra-time only for Nicolas Fauvergue to level for the visitors with four minutes remaining in the extra period before the second division side came through 4-2 on penalties.
Valenciennes became the fifth top-flight side to exit the competition as they also succumbed to second division opposition in the shape of Angers. Philippe Montanier's men shrugged off the 43rd-minute dismissal of Gaëtan Bong to go ahead through Karim Djellabi's own-goal on 57 minutes. However, Gaëtan Charbonnier struck 17 minutes from time to force extra-time before finding the net again with six minutes left to send Angers through.