• Nice exits French Cup, Marseille needs extra time

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    PARIS: Ligue 1 leaders Nice crashed out of the last 64 of the French Cup on Sunday (Monday in Mnaila) after a 2-1 defeat at struggling Lorient, while Marseille won 2-1 at Toulouse after extra time.

    Nice finished 2016 two points clear of Monaco at the top of the table but suffered a premature cup exit in Brittany where second-half goals from Jeremie Aliadiere and Walid Mesloub wiped out Alassane Plea’s opener.

    “We’re disappointed because we dominated in the first half. They changed their system in the second half because they saw it was too easy for us,” said Nice coach Lucien Favre.

    Lorient’s French forward Jeremie Aliadiere (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French Cup football match between Lorient and Nice on Monday at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France. AFP PHOTO

    Lorient’s French forward Jeremie Aliadiere (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French Cup football match between Lorient and Nice on Monday at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France. AFP PHOTO

    “We should have made it 2-0 earlier. And then they equalise and it revives them obviously, but that’s how it is.”

    Record 10-time champions Marseille overcame top-flight rivals Toulouse with Remy Cabella scoring twice—the second on 117 minutes—either side of a Jimmy Durmaz strike for the hosts.

    Bordeaux needed a late goal from Brazilian forward Malcom to see off second division Clermont 1-0, but Metz were dumped out 2-0 away to Ligue 2 promotion chasers Lens.

    On Saturday, Germany international Julian Draxler scored on his Paris Saint-Germain debut as the holders—who equaled Marseille with a 10th title last year— thrashed Bastia 7-0 at the Parc des Princes.

    Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain both scored in Monaco’s 2-1 victory over Ajaccio on Friday, while five-time winners Lyon host Montpellier in Sunday’s late game. AFP

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