FRENCH CUP REVIEW

French Cup: Toulouse thrash brave Schirrhein

January 24, 2009
By Soccernet Staff

Jimmy Briand scored a goal in each half as Rennes defeated St Etienne 2-0 in tonight's all-Ligue 1 affair in the last 32 of the Coupe de France.

The striker rounded Les Verts goalkeeper Jeremie Janot before stroking home the opener towards the end of the first half, and then headed home Jerome Leroy's cross in the 87th minute to seal the Brittany club's passage into the last 16.

There was only one shock in today's last-32 matches, Ligue 1 side Caen slipping up 3-1 at Boulogne-sur-Mer, who play in the second division.

The northerners fell two goals behind early on but prolific France striker Steve Savidan halved the deficit before half-time.

The hosts grabbed their third through Gregory Thil three minutes from time to clinch victory.

Elsewhere, Toulouse showed no mercy against Schirrhein, thrashing the lowest-ranked team left in the competition 8-0 in Haguenau.

Schirrhein, who play in France's seventh tier, were no match for Les Violets as Soren Larsen helped himself to four goals.

Daniel Congre, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Moussa Sissoko and Daniel Braaten scored the others for Tefece.

Lorient, who like Toulouse are in decent form in Ligue 1, were given a much tougher test as they squeezed through.

They needed extra time to see off Ligue 2 outfit Tours, Kevin Gameiro netting the winner in the 108th minute.

In normal time, Gabriel Obertan's opener for Lorient had been cancelled out by Fatih Atik.

In other last-32 results, Ligue 2 side Dijon thrashed Villefranche/Saone 4-1, Troyes lost 2-1 at home to National league outfit Rodez, while Vitre and Sedan both progressed thanks to penalty shoot-out wins.

Guingamp, AC Ajaccio and Lille advanced through to the last 16 with wins during the week.

There are four more last-32 fixtures tomorrow, the highlight being Monaco's Cote d'Azur derby against Nice.

Elsewhere today, in the final last-64 fixture to be played, French champions and tournament holders Lyon routed amateur team Concarneau 6-0 in Guingamp to set up a mouthwatering clash with Marseille in the last 32 on Wednesday.

Jean-Alain Boumsong, Anthony Mounier (two), Cesar Delgado, Kader Keita and Frederic Piquionne scored for Les Gones in a match that was rescheduled after the original tie was postponed because of a frozen pitch.