Marseille booked a place in the Coupe de France round of 16 with a 2-0 win over D4 side Epinal, while Nantes and Toulouse crashed out to Ligue 2 sides Auxerre and Bourg-en-Bresse respectively. Caen came through on penalties.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Coupe de France, Round of 32

 SA Epinal (National 2, D4) 0 – 2 Olympique de Marseille 

Olympique de Marseille boss Rudi Garcia opted to rotate his squad for this trip to face National 2 side Epinal, and although his reworked side struggled to break down a hungry home side for the first 60 minutes, Valère Germain (73′) and Morgan Sanson (90’+3) lit up the latter stages of the match and clinched a place in the round of 16.

 Canet Roussillon F.C. (National 3, D5) 1 – 1 SM Caen  Caen win 4-3 on pens.

SM Caen, who had fallen 2-0 to Marseille in the league at the weekend, needed a penalty shootout to get past Canet Roussillon FC but prevailed 4-3 after the D5 side’s Pierre Mahieu (13′) and the visitors’ Romain Genevois (29′) traded goals in regulation time.

 FC Nantes – AJ Auxerre (L2) 

Meanwhile FC Nantes found themselves on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller at home to Auxerre, losing out 4-3 when they conceded Ibrahim Sangaré’s winner (76′) just after going down to ten men with the expulsion of Diego Lima (71′). A tough result for Claudio Ranieri’s side but especially for rising star Adrien Thomasson, who had bagged a brace for the Canaris (38′, 65′).

 FBBP 01 (L2) 2 – 0 Toulouse FC 

So too Toulouse FC – coached by former assistant Mickaël Debève following Monday’s sacking of Pascal Dupraz – crashed out of the competition. They  had a man sent off – captain Christopher Jullien on the hour-mark – and Ligue 2 opponents Bourg-en-Bresse took full advantage, with Yoann Court making the break (63′) and Julien Bègue (88′) stitching up the result to claim a place in the next round.

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