Marseille beats Montpellier on penalties to reach French Cup quarterfinals

Dimitri Payet sent Dimitry Bertaud the wrong way as Marseille beat Montpellier 5-4 in a penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals of the French Cup.

Marseille's players celebrate after winning in a penalty shoot-out the round of 16 French Cup football match between Marseille (OM) and Montpellier (MHSC) at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on January 29, 2022. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)

Marseille's players celebrate after winning in a penalty shoot-out the round of 16 French Cup football match between Marseille (OM) and Montpellier (MHSC) at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on January 29, 2022. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) | Photo Credit: NICOLAS TUCAT

Dimitri Payet sent Dimitry Bertaud the wrong way as Marseille beat Montpellier 5-4 in a penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals of the French Cup.

Payet’s calmly taken strike clinched it for 10-time Cup winner Marseille after the match went straight to penalties after ending 1-1 at Stade Velodrome.

Marseille took the lead when Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik angled a shot into the right of the net following a scramble inside the penalty area in the 74th minute. It was his fifth goal in three games in the competition and a welcome one after just one league goal in 11 appearances.

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But poor defending allowed Montpellier to equalise moments later when central defender Duje Culeta-Car did not deal with a high ball and 19-year-old Congo forward Beni Makouana stole ahead of him to loft it over goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

Payet had hit the crossbar with a curling free kick late in the first half and clipped a shot over moments later, but Bertaud made a couple of smart saves late on.

Marseille has not won the trophy since 1989 and lost in four finals since.

Versailles beats Toulouse

Earlier, fourth-tier Versailles produced an upset when it won 1-0 at second division leader Toulouse.

The dozens of Versailles fans who travelled south from outside of Paris for 670 kilometres (415 miles) were jubilant at the final whistle, as were the substitutes who rushed off the bench to hug their team-mates.

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Toulouse had played most of the match with 10 players after forward Steve Mvoue was sent off in the 22nd minute and the visiting team eventually took advantage when striker Kapitbafan Djoco knocked in a low cross in the 79th.

Versailles held on during the six minutes of stoppage time and could yet face trophy holder Paris Saint-Germain, which is at home to Nice on Monday. PSG leads the French league with Nice in second place.

Second-tier Bastia won 5-3 on penalties at top-tier Reims. It was a sweet moment for Bastia-born Benjamin Santelli as he netted the winning spot kick after the match finished 1-1. The 19-year-old forward Hugo Ekitike put Reims ahead in the 38th with his ninth goal of the season.

Sebastien Salles-Lamonge equalised in the 71st for Bastia, which won the Cup in 1981 and lost the final in 2002 but is now struggling near the foot of the second division.

Reims has won the trophy twice but not since 1958 when the prolific Just Fontaine led the attack. Fontaine went on to make football history and his 13 goals at the ’58 World Cup remain a tournament record.

Nancy, which is bottom of the second division, lost 2-0 at home to second-tier rival Amiens.

In Sunday’s games, six-time winner Saint-Etienne is at fourth-tier Bergerac and Lens hosts Monaco in an all-first division contest.

  • Marseille 1-1 Montpellier (Marseille wins 5-4 on penalties)
  • Reims 1-1 Bastia (Bastia wins 5-3 on penalties)
  • Nancy 0-2 Amiens
  • Toulouse 0-1 Versailles
  • Nantes 2-0 Brest
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