Monaco win thriller against Mar­seille

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Thomas Le­mar’s ex­tra­time win­ner sent Monaco into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the French Cup af­ter a thrilling 4-3 vic­tory over Olympique de Mar­seille on Wed­nes­day as hold­ers Paris St Ger­main left it late to down Ligue 2 side Niort.

Le­mar scored with a pow­er­ful shot from in­side the box in the 113th minute af­ter Mar­seille had come from be­hind three times.

Monaco went ahead in the 16th minute thanks to keeper Yo­hann Pele’s own goal be­fore Dim­itri Payet equalised with a fine halfvol­ley on the stroke of half­time, as the hosts sought to put Sun­day’s 5-1 home league ham­mer­ing by PSG be­hind them.

Monaco’s 18-year-old for­ward Kylian Mbappe then scored his sev­enth goal in his last five starts when he clev­erly turned in Ben­jamin Mendy’s cross from the right in the 66th minute.

Remi Ca­bella, how­ever, sent the tie into ex­tra time when he found the net from close range in the 84th.

Mendy put the vis­i­tors ahead again in the 105th minute af­ter be­ing set up by a pass from Mbappe, but Ca­bella equalised six min­utes later. There was no com­ing back for the hosts, how­ever, af­ter Le­mar ri­fled home.

Monaco, who will take on PSG in the League Cup fi­nal next month, could also face the French Cup hold­ers in the next round af­ter they fielded a largely re­serve side and beat Niort 20.

PSG strug­gled on a damp pitch in the rain but late goals from sec­ond-half sub­sti­tutes Javier Pa­s­tore in the 78th minute and Edin­son Ca­vani in stop­page time se­cured vic­tory for the French champions.

Monaco's Thomas Le­mar

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