OL-Sochaux: Cruising into the Round of 16 (5-2)
5'. A good run into the box by Cherki whose curling effort is controlled by Jeannin.
8'. Goal by Benlamri who perfectly cuts inside to nod home at a corner. 1-0.
10'. Goal by Cornet who acrobatically finishes a cross from De Sciglio. 2-0.
13'. First action for Pollersbeck who dives well to control a shot from Weissbeck.
23'. Aouar's attempt miraculously cleared off the line by Paye.
41'. Goal by Bedia who beats his man and cuts inside. 2-1.
45'. Cherki scores after a superb bit of build-up play from Slimani and Aouar. 3-1.
48'. Cornet crosses to the far post before Cherki's shot blazes over.
56'. Goal by Bedia who gets on the end of a counter to beat Pollersbeck. 3-2.
69'. Magnificent 40-meter lob from Cherki, which is saved by Jeannin.
71'. Bedia's powerful shot is punched clear by Pollersbeck.
77'. Denayer scores from Cherki's corner. 4-2.
86'. Goal by Cherki who calmly converts from Slimani's cutback. 5-2.
It's been a busy week for Les Gones. After heading to Marseille and then hosting Rennes in Ligue 1, OL hosted Sochaux in the Round of 32 of the Coupe de France. Coach Rudi Garcia logically decided to make eight changes from the previous match, but the Lyonnais did not take long to find their rhythm. Benlamri then Cornet scored in quick succession within the first ten minutes, but the reaction from an energetic Sochaux side was swift, before Cherki put his side up two again with a goal at the end of what was a convincing first half.
But an eye-catching Sochaux had yet to say their last word and were fighting to close the gap after the break. While they had made it much easier for themselves, Aouar, captain on the day, and his teammates clearly paid for their lack of efficiency in front of goal and remained under threat. Coming on in place of Benlamri, Denayer allowed his team to go back to being two goals to the good ten minutes from time before Cherki netted again, giving himself a double. The match was now definitively won; OL had punched their ticket for the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France!
At Groupama Stadium, Décines.
Coupe de France (Round of 32): OL-Sochaux 5-2 (3-1)
Referee: Eric Wattellier. Attendance: Behind closed doors
Goals: Benlamri (8'), Cornet (10'), Cherki (45', 86'), Denayer (77') for OL. Bédia (41', 56') for Sochaux.
Bookings: Benlamri (32') for OL. Ndour (40') for Sochaux.
OL: Pollersbeck - De Sciglio (Dubois, 86'), Diomande, Benlamri (Denayer, 68'), Bard (Toko Ekambi, 74') - Paqueta, Guimaraes (Mendes, 74'), Aouar (cap.) (Caqueret, 86') - Cherki, Slimani, Cornet. Manager: Rudi Garcia.
Sochaux: Jeannin - Paye, Martial (Lopy, 70'), Diedhiou, Ndour (M'Bakata, 70') - Kaabouni, Thioune (Daham, 70') - Ourega (Virginius, 57'), Soumaré, Weissbeck (cap.) - Ambri (Bédia, 34'). Manager: Omar Daf.