PSG out, but Monaco and Rennes march on

French Cup


Paris Saint-Germain have been sensationally knocked out of the French Cup, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat after extra-time to lowly Rodez on Wednesday. Monaco, though, are safely through to the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win at Ajaccio, while Rennes beat Lorient 3-0 in Brittany.

PSG were beaten in the final by Lyon last year, and appeared well set to maintain their interest in this season's competition when Sammy Traoré gave them a ninth-minute lead.

However, Paul Le Guen's line-up - which surprisingly featured top scorer Guillaume Hoarau from kick-off - proved unable to break down their third division hosts, and the amateur side levelled just after the hour mark through Jérémy Choplin to force extra-time.

Choplin then struck a sublime second from distance with five minutes left in the extra period, before Miguel Pacios beat Mickaël Landreau two minutes from time to set the seal on the biggest win in Rodez's history.

Monaco, though, made no slip-ups in Corsica as they comfortably saw off their struggling Ligue 2 hosts. Nikola Pokrivac's 31st-minute goal settled Ricardo's side, with Alexandre Licata adding a second 19 minutes from time to clinch a place in the last eight.

Rennes eased through after a comfortable win over Brittany rivals Lorient. Jimmy Briand's 25th-minute strike set Guy Lacombe's men on their way before Romain Danzé doubled their advantage just four minutes later. Jires Ekoko added a third in the final minute. 

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