Ligue 2 club Metz claimed a surprise away win 3-1 against Ligue 1 leader Lyon to reach the Cup quarter final. Former French champions Auxerre lost to a second division club, with Vannes taking away a 2-0 win.
Seven times French champions Lyon and former French champions Auxerre were the biggest top division casualties of the French League Cup round of 16 matches on Tuesday as they lost 3-1 and 2-0 to Second Division sides Metz and Vannes respectively.
Auxerre - who have won just one of their previous seven matches in all competitions - followed fellow First Division side Valenciennes in becoming scalps for Vannes, who were tasting welcome revenge for two previous French Cup defeats - both by Auxerre.
Vannes - unbeaten at home this season - will now face Metz in the quarter-finals.
Metz, who are fourth in the Second Division, took full advantage of a Lyon side that rested several of their stars including defenders Jean-Alain Boumsong and Anthony Reveillere and French internationals Jeremy Toulalan and Karim Benzema.
Metz opened the scoring in the 21st minute through a header by Victor Mendy from a cross by Sebastien Renouard and then the former returned the favour by setting up the latter before half-time.
Lyon reduced the deficit shortly after the break with a header by Brazilian defender Cris from a Kim Kallstrom corner, but it was game over in the 66th minute as Romain Rocchi took advantage of the hesitation of reserve goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre following a poor back pass by Cameroon international Jean II Makoun.
The other First Division outfit to lose to lower league opposition on Tuesday were predictably struggling Sochaux, who went down 1-0 to Second Division Lens, for whom defender Ala Eddine Yahia scored the decisive goal with a header in the 109th minute.
Wednesday features the last two matches with the feature that of French giants Paris Saint Germain hosting Nancy.
Date created : 2008-11-11