Istres 3-3 Valenciennes

Valenciennes pay the penalty

January 7, 2013

Ligue 2 side Istres knocked top-flight Valenciennes out of the Coupe de France on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Nassim Akrour
GettyImagesNassim Akrour celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his first against Valenciennes

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Valenciennes conceded an equaliser in the 88th minute and then came from 3-1 down in stoppage time to force a shoot-out, only to lose it 4-3.

Mathieu Dossevi put Valenciennes 1-0 up in the 74th minute and then looked on course to progress before Sid Ali Yahia-Cherif levelled two minutes from time.

Nassim Akrour then scored in the 102nd and 103rd minutes to put the underdogs in the driving seat, but Vincent Aboubakar made it 3-2 in the 111th minute and Rudy Mater equalised from the spot a minute later.

However, it was Istres who held their nerve in the shootout to claim the scalp and progress to the round of 32.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report