PSG through in style, Lyon limp on
Holders Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon both made it through to the Round of 32 of the French Cup on Saturday, but Montpellier and Saint-Etienne joined the ranks of the Ligue 1 fallen.
There would have been few raised eyebrows had PSG slipped to defeat against fellow Ligue 1 side Lens at the Parc des Princes, but Antoine Kombouaré's men ensured they kept their title defence alive with an impressive display. Zoumana Camara (20) gave the hosts a half-time lead before further strikes from Nene (50), Guillaume Hoarau (53 pen, 62) and Peguy Luyindula (75) sent PSG through 5-1. Eduardo reduced the arrears from the spot (80) as the visitors, who had Alaeddine Yahia sent off seven minutes after the break, gave new coach Laszlo Boloni plenty of unpalatable food for thought.
Lyon came out on top in the other all-Ligue 1 tie of the round, avenging their early season league defeat to Caen courtesy of Pape Diakhité's 74th-minute strike. Patrick Leugueun raised hopes of an upset win for Ligue 2 side Vannes at Breton neighbours Lorient when the defender opened the scoring just four minutes in. However, James Fanchone (36) and Lynel Kitambala (58) found the net before Fabien Robert and Sigamary Diarra both scored in added time to take the hosts through 4-1.
Brown Ideye scored the only goal of the game as Sochaux saw off fifth division side Jarville, but Montpellier were beaten by Reims - Romain Amalfitano finding the net 13 minutes from time to secure the Ligue 2 strugglers a 1-0 triumph.
There was an even bigger surprise at Saint-Etienne where Les Verts were beaten 2-0 by Ligue 2 outfit Clermont. Sloan Privat and Nicolas Haquin struck for the visitors, while Laurent Batlles was sent off on a frustrating night for the hosts.