A Joe Cole treble helped
Lille demolish sixth division side Chantilly 6-0 to reach the
French Cup last 32 as three top flight teams went out to lower
league opposition on Saturday.
Former England forward Cole scored in the 22nd, 59th and
65th minutes as the French champions cantered through with Eden
Hazard, who converted a penalty, and Ireneusz Jelen, who hit a
double, also on the scoresheet.
Olympique Marseille's visit to the Stade de France to face
third division Red Star ended in a 5-0 win thanks to a Jordan
Ayew double with his older brother Andre, Mathieu Valbuena and
Benoit Cheyrou also on target.
Stade Rennes also went through thanks to a 3-0 home victory
against fellow Ligue 1 side Nancy and Girondins Bordeaux reached
the next round by winning 4-2 on penalties at Saint-Etienne after
the game ended in a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
However, Lorient, Stade Brest, Sochaux and Caen all lost to
lower level opposition.
Lorient slumped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat at second-tier Le
Havre with Yohann Riviere netting the winner 10 minutes from
Brest went down 2-0 at third-division Niort to goals by
Arnaud Gonzalez and Jimmy Roye either side of the interval,
while Sochaux were thrashed 4-1 by Ligue 2 Bastia.
Caen lost 4-2 at home to Ligue 2 Troyes after extra-time.
Top-flight AJ Auxerre were pushed to extra-time before
winning 1-0 at fifth-division Chambly courtesy of a late Dariusz
Amateurs AS Marck, who also play in the fifth tier, lost 2-0
at home to Ligue 1 Nice adding to the gloom affecting the area
with the local coach and several players battling to keep their
jobs at cross-Channel ferry operator SeaFrance.
But another fifth division team Limoges, best known in
France for their basketball team's European Cup victory in 1993,
fared much better by beating Ligue 2 visitors Boulogne 1-0.
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