Monaco edge seven-goal thriller with Sochaux to reach the cup semis; Lens see off St. Etienne

Monaco 4 – Sochaux 3 (AET) (Coupe de France, March 24, 2010) Sochaux opened their French Cup match at Monaco scoring an absolute screamer when a clearance ran to Ryan Boudebouz just inside the home side’s half at the Algerian scored a brilliant lob into the unguarded net. Monaco struck back five minutes later as Sebastien Puygrenier heading home from a Nene free-kick, and went ahead in the 38th when Lukman Haruna found the net with a brilliant half-volley from the edge of the box. (First half goals here.) Monaco were stunned after the break when Stephane Dalmat played a fine one-two with Marvin Martin before coolly slotting home to make it 2-2. Dalmat then set up Ideye Brown for Sochaux’s third in the 71st. The visitors wasted a great chance four minutes into added time and on the counter attack, Pino sent the game into extra time with a shot that was slightly deflected by Sochaux’s Perquis. Sochaux conceded a fourth in the 95th when Moussa Maazou poked the ball home after Teddy Richert failed to block Pino’s attempt.

Lens 3 – St. Etienne 1 (Coupe de France, March 24, 2010) The visitors had gone in front just a minute in through Kevin Mirallas but were hit by a Lens backlash. Eduardo Dos Santos levelled nine minutes before the break and after Alaeddine Yahia’s 76th-minute strike, Sebastian Roudet wrapped it up in added time.