French League Cup round-up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon had a steady night at the office, as they proved too good for Nancy.
Lyon had a steady night at the office, as the French champions proved too good for Nancy.
Florent Malouda opened the scoring on 53 minutes, but they were pegged back just past the hour as Moncef Zerka hit the target for Nancy.
Lyon turned up the heat in the final 15 minutes as Sidney Govou and Alou Diarra scored to help them into the last four.
Le Mans pulled off a notable coup when claiming the scalp of Sochaux to move into the French League Cup semi-finals.
Sochaux are flying high in Ligue 1, but they proved no match for their visitors from Le Mans on Wednesday.
Mamadou Samassa headed home from close range to put Le Mans in the ascendancy on 48 minutes and the lead was doubled shortly afterwards as Brazilian midfielder Grafite netted from the edge of the box.
Mickael Isabey pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time, but Le Mans weathered a late rally from Sochaux to move into the last four.
Reims took the scalp of Rennes, with Olivier Monterrubio's missed penalty costing the Ligue 1 side dear as the second division outfit claimed victory thanks to Cedric Faure's goal on 52 minutes.
Lyon will face Le Mans in the last four, while Reims will take on Bordeaux.