PSG scrape through, Lille need penalties
Holders Paris Saint-Germain needed extra-time to see off Ligue 2 leaders Le Mans in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. Lille required penalties for the third time in their Cup run as they saw off fellow Ligue 1 club Lorient.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 2-0 Angers (Ligue 2) - after extra-time
Veteran PSG goalkeeper Grégory Coupet, 38, distinguished himself in the 19th minute as he saved a penalty struck by Idir Ouali. Defender Zoumana Camara had hauled down visiting forward Fousseyni Cissé.
PSG dominated the second half even after Camara was sent off in the 78th minute for a second yellow card. 20 seconds into extra-time it was 10 men apiece as Mamadou Wague was sent off for a second yellow. The second caution was for a foul on Nene.
In the 108th minute PSG went in front. Nene played a short corner to substitute Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and the 17-year-old went it alone to score his first senior goal. He beat Le Mans’ Georgian goalkeeper Georgi Makaridze, who was filling in for Didier Ovono.
On 117 minutes another youngster, midfielder Neeskens Kabano, made the game safe for the hosts with a simple finish after Brazilian full-back Marcos Ceara had done all the hard work.
LILLE 0-0 LORIENT, LILLE win 5-3 on penalties
Ligue 1 leaders Lille might have put the game to bed before the shootout but for an inspirational display from visiting goalkeeper Fabien Audard. LOSC’s chances were boosted when Lorient centre-half Bruno Ecuele-Manga was sent off in the 64th minute for a second yellow card picked up for a foul on Ludovic Obraniak.
LOSC won the home league game 6-3 earlier in the season. As it was penalties were required before the net bulged. Audard denied Pierre-Alain Frau with a reflex save in the second period of extra-time to ensure the contest would be decided from the spot.
Arnold Mvuemba failed to convert Lorient’s third attempt. Mathieu Debuchy, Frau, Tulio De Melo, Obraniak and Eden Hazard were all successful and that meant Lille advanced to the last four.
CHAMBERY (CFA2, D5) 0-3 ANGERS (Ligue 2)
Chambéry had knocked out Ligue 1 sides Monaco, Brest and Sochaux to reach this stage. They gave as good as they got before Henri Saivet fired Angers in front on the stroke of half-time. Sébastien Renouard added a second on 63 minutes and Diego Gomez scored the third six minutes from time.