December 14, 2016

Nice crash out of French League Cup

Nice crash out of French League Cup

Nice’s Italian forward Mario Balotelli (C) vies with Nantes’ French midfielder Adrien Thomasson (L) during the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Nantes (FCN) on October 30, 2016 at the “Allianz Riviera” stadium in Nice, southeastern France. AFP

Ligue 1 leaders Nice were knocked out of the French League Cup on Wednesday, going down 3-2 to Bordeaux in their last-16 tie.

Jaroslav Plasil put Bordeaux ahead after 14 minutes and a 22nd-minute strike from Gaetan Laborde made it 2-0 before Alassane Plea pulled one back just before the interval.

Laborde restored Bordeaux’s two-goal lead 10 minutes into the second period with Mario Balotelli’s 83rd-minute penalty proving just a consolation for Nice who have already been eliminated from the Europa League this season.

Later Wednesday, holders Paris Saint-Germain face Lille in a repeat of last year’s final while Monaco, second in Ligue 1, host Rennes for a place in the quarter-finals.

On Tuesday, Marseille crashed out after losing 4-3 on penalties to second-tier Sochaux following a 1-1 draw.

Bouna Sarr fired the three-time champions ahead at the Stade Bonal but Moussa Sao swiftly responded to level for hosts Sochaux.

Goalkeeper Christopher Dilo then saved spot-kicks from Doria and Aaron Leya Iseka in the shootout as Sochaux, the only non top-flight team left in the competition, advanced to the quarter-finals.

Portugal international Sergio Conceicao made a winning start as Nantes manager with a 3-1 victory over Montpellier.

Argentine striker Emiliano Sala struck either side of a Kevin Berigaud goal at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Poland international Mariusz Stepinski added a third for Nantes on the hour, although the hosts played out the final few minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of Abdoulaye Toure.