Monaco and Guingamp make last four

French Cup
04/04/2017

Valère Germain scored AS Monaco's goals as they beat ten-man LOSC Lille to reach the Coupe de France semi-finals on Tuesday while fellow Ligue 1 side En Avant Guingamp had to tussle with amateur opponents before clinching their last-four berth.

Frejus-Saint-Raphaël 0-1 En Avant Guingamp 

The Ligue 1 side reached the semi-finals for the second time in three seasons, though it was anything but comfortabe for Antoine Kombouaré's men. Karim Tlili might have given the hosts a fourth-minute lead while Akim Orinel was denied by a block by Christophe Kerbrat after the impressive midfielder's shot had beaten Karl-Johan Johnsson (19').

Against the run of play, Alexandre Mendy put Guingamp ahead, firing in from a tight angle (50'), but the top-flight guests were never able to relax right through to the final whistle.

 AS Monaco 2-1 LOSC Lille 

Monaco bounced back from their Coupe de la Ligue final disappointment, even if Leonardo Jardim's men were not their usual vibrant self at the Stade Louis II.

They were largely subdued before Germain received Nabil Dirar's ball with his back to goal, swivelled, and after beating Junior Alonso, fired high beyond Mike Maignan in the visitors' goal (35').

Lille's evening quickly went steeper downhill as they were reduced to ten men when Carlens Arcus was dismissed for a foul on Jorge (40') before Germain struck again before the break.

Irvin Cardona, preferred in a starting role to Kylian Mbappé, seized onto a long clearance after a LOSC counter-attack broke down and found Germain, who finished from close range.

Germain might have had a hat-trick in the second half before he was replaced for the final ten minutes by Radamel Falcao for the Colombia international's first appearance since sustaining a hip injury in Week 29.

He saw Anwar El Ghazi reduce the visitors' deficit in added time (90+4'), but Monaco eased through the dying seconds to take a step closer to the Stade de France.

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