Lyons and Monaco among casualties in French Cup


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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

PARIS: French champions Olympique Lyon and five-times winners Monaco were among top flight clubs upset by lower division sides in the first round of the French Cup on Saturday. 

Fourth Division Libourne Saint-Seurin stunned Lyon 1-0 at home thanks to a winner by their captain Regis Castant 15 minutes from time in the biggest upset of the day. 

Didier Deschamps’ Monaco went down at Second Division Wasquehal 3-2 after extra time, while 10-man Sochaux were beaten 2-1 at Grenoble, another Second Division side. 

Two more top flight sides bit the dust when Amiens upset Montpellier 5-3 after extra time and fellow Second Division side Metz won 4-2 on penalties away to Nice following a 0-0 draw after extra time. 

It was sweet revenge for Metz, whose relegation last season was determined by Nice’s successful appeal against demotion on financial grounds. 

Holders Lorient of the Second Division scored three goals in the opening 36 minutes to win 3-0 at Fifth Division Montelimar. 

High-flying Olympique Marseille, record 10 times winners, had to work hard to tame Bastia 2-0 in the only all-First Division clash of the first round. 

Marseille, who lead the First Division, won with goals by substitute Fernandao and midfielder Salomon Olembe in the last 12 minutes. 

Fernandao headed home a fine cross from the right wing by defender Sebastien Perez in the 78th before Olembe sealed the match one minute from time. 

The victory was the perfect start to the year for in-form Marseille who reached the winter break atop the league table.  

Unbeaten at the Stade Velodrome so far, Marseille had to fight hard to overcome strong physical and technical challenge from the Corsicans. 

The match was the first time the two teams had been drawn against each other in the French Cup since the 1992 semi-final in Bastia which was called off before kickoff after a temporary stand collapsed killing 18 people. 

The French Cup final was not played that year and the trophy was not awarded. On Saturday, Bastia’s players wore black armbands in memory of the victims. 

The French Cup first round has traditionally been tough for the elite sides as Lyon and Monaco were reminded when they joined the casualty list. 

Castant volleyed a cross from the left to slot a close-range winner in the 75th minute of a match in which Lyon looked too clumsy to deserve the win. 

Monaco, who are in the hunt for the First Division title, took the lead thanks to a lucky goal by midfielder Souleymane Camara in the 19th but Wasquehal hit back with seven minutes of normal time left. 

In the 105th minute, midfielder Mathieu Bucher put Wasquehal ahead but Shabani Nonda equalised from the penalty spot in the 110th. 

The two sides looked on course for the penalty shootout but substitute Geoffrey Dernis scored the winner a minute later. 

Monaco captain Ludovic Giuly was sent off four minutes from the end for his second bookable offence. – Reuters 

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