Holders advance, PSG and Montpellier through
Holders Marseille came from behind to beat Monaco and join Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier in taking their place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals
Valenciennes 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain continued their excellent recent run of form by winning 3-1 at the Stade Nungesser to seal their place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Zoumana Camara, Christophe Jallet and Peguy Luyindula all found the net as the capital club came from behind.
Antoine Koumbouaré made several changes to the Paris side from Sunday´s Clasico for the clash with his former club. Grégory Coupet, Camara, Stéphane Sessegnon and Luyindula were among those players coming into the starting eleven.
Meanwhile, the hosts were missing as many as ten players through injury and suspension. However, they got off to the perfect start in the day's early kick-off, going ahead inside three minutes thanks to Mathieu Dossevi.
Paris held their nerve, though, and were back level on nine minutes courtesy of a rare goal from Camara. Christophe Jallet then completed the turnaround with a crossed shot from the right into Nicolas Penneteau's far corner before the half-hour mark.
Sessegnon then set up Luyindula to make it 3-1 shortly after the restart, and PSG held on for a comfortable win, keeping them on track to win this trophy for the fourth time, after previous triumphs in 1995, 1998 and 2008.
Montpellier 2-1 Lille
Hassan Kabze netted in each-half to take Montpellier into the last four at the expense of Lille at the Stade de la Mosson.
Turkish international Kabze, a summer signing from Russian champions Rubin Kazan, netted in the win over Ajaccio in the last round, and set the ball rolling here by heading in a flighted ball from Xavier Collin on 28 minutes. He then took advantage of some hesitant defending from Lille's Aurélien Chedjou to double the lead early in the second-half.
Lille got one back when Belgian Eden Hazard combined with Gervinho before applying a smart finish midway through the second-half, but the home side held on to take their place in the last four.
Montpellier's progress to the semi-finals will help ease the pain of their early exit from the Europa League against Hungarian outsiders Gyor back in August. Lille remain in Europe, and while their elimination put paid to their hopes of ending their long trophy drought, Rudi Garcia may be quietly relieved at being able to focus all energies on Ligue 1 and the Europa League.
Marseille 2-1 Monaco
Holders Marseille put their Clasico heartache behind them by overturning a one-goal deficit to beat south-coast rivals Monaco and take their place in the semi-finals.
César Azpilicueta has not had the smoothest of starts to his career in French football after joining from Osasuna in the summer, but the Spanish full-back was the hero of the night at the Stade Vélodrome, putting a fine performance up against Chris Malonga and going on to net the winning goal on the hour-mark.
Earlier, André Ayew headed in OM's equaliser just before half-time, cancelling out Mathieu Coutadeur's strike from the penalty spot for the side from the Principality, midawy through the opening period.
Monaco are left to focus on their bid to pull away from the Ligue 1 relegation zone, but Didier Deschamps´men remain on course to retain the title they won last season, when they beat Bordeaux in the final at the Stade de France to end an eighteen-year trophy drought.