PSG sneak into last 32

French Cup
09/01/2012

Paris Saint-Germain needed a stoppage time strike from Diego Lugano to see off the amateurs from Locminé on Sunday in what was new coach Carlo Ancelotti's first competitive game in charge.

It was meant to be a formality, the millionaires from the capital up against the part-timers from Brittany, in the end though Ancelotti blushes were spared by Lugano's strike with what was pratically the final action of the game.

Pastore opener

Not wanting to be overawed, Locminé, who play in the fifth tier of French football, signalled their intent early on, hitting the bar through Abdo Maiga (5'). That proved to sting PSG into action and after some sustained pressure Javier Pastore opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half.

The Argentine, who cost the Paris club a French record €39.8 million last summer, then had the chance to double the lead but hit the post. The lively Maiga then gave the home crowd in Lorient's Stade du Moustoir something to cheer about when he slotted the ball past Salvatore Sirigu from the penalty spot after Mamadou Sakho had fouled Fabrice Peru.

Lugano nicks it

The game looked destined for extra-time only for Uraguayan defender Lugano to spoil the Locminé party when he turned in a Pastore cross to clinch the 2-1 win (90'). In Sunday's draw for the last 32, PSG were paired against Sable-sur-Sarthe - another fifth-division team - no matter the opposition Ancelotti knows there is work to be done.

Lisandro masterclass

Another South American on form over the weekend was Lisandro, the Argentine striker netted a first-half hat-hat-trick to help Lyon to a comfortable 3-1 win over fourth-tier neighbours Lyon-La Duchere as Remi Garde's side look to win a first trophy in four years. Lyon, who will play Lille in the League Cup semi-finals this week,  can look forward to a trip to third tier Lucon in the next round.

Elsehwere on Sunday Evian Thonon Gaillard netted a perfect five from five from the penalty spot to edge past Ligue 2 side Sedan after penalties (5-3), the two sides had been locked at 2-2 after extra time. Meanwhile Rémy Cabella scored twice as Montpellier fired four goals past sixth division Prix-lès-Mézières (4-0).

Ligue 1 sides tumble

Four top-flight sides (Brest, Lorient, Sochaux and Caen) were eliminated by lower league teams on on Saturday and Toulouse joined them when they lost 1-0 to third division GFCO Ajaccio. 

The draw for the last-32

Valence (4) v Evian Thonon Gaillard

Dijon v Istres (L2)

Olympique Marseille v Le Havre (L2)

Limoges (4) v Drancy (4)

Sable sur Sarthe (5) v Paris St Germain

Nice v Stade Rennes

Niort (3) v Orleans (3)

Valenciennes v Bastia (L2)

AJ Auxerre v Chateauroux (L2)

Lucon (4) v Olympique Lyon

GFCO Ajaccio (3) v Troyes (L2)

Bourg-Peronnas (4) v AC Ajaccio

Compiegne (4) v Lille

Créteil (3) v Girondins Bordeaux

Tours (2) v Montpellier

Quevilly (3) v Angers (L2)

Matches to be played on January 21

French Cup fixtures and results

French Cup roll of honour

Ancelotti: "Go all the way"








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