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Amateurs Quevilly knock out Boulogne to reach French Cup semis

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Latest update : 2010-03-24

Amateurs Quevilly beat Ligue 1 strugglers Boulogne 3-1 to reach the semi-finals. The Normandy side - which play in the equivalent of the fourth division - eliminated top-flight side Stade Rennes in the previous round.

REUTERS - Paris St Germain knocked out Auxerre on penalties in the French Cup quarter-finals in a game played behind closed doors and under tight scrutiny on Tuesday.

Amateurs Quevilly had earlier continued their stunning run by knocking out Ligue 1 strugglers Boulogne 3-1 to reach the semi-finals.

The decision to have the Auxerre-PSG played in front of no spectators was taken following the death last week of a supporter injured in a clash between rival groups of PSG fans in Paris last month.

Security was tight with heavy police presence outside the stadium amid fears PSG fans might travel to Auxerre, but no incidents were reported.

PSG created the best chances in a relatively dull game that remained goalless after extra time. A shootout was needed that the visitors won 6-5 with captain Claude Makelele converting the decisive penalty.

Goals from Florian Coquio and Anthony Laup gave Normandy team Quevilly, finalists in 1927 and semi-finalists in 1968, a 2-0 lead over Boulogne after 30 minutes.

Boulogne, threatened by relegation from Ligue 1, reduced the arrears through Damien Marcq just before halftime but Quevilly, playing at nearby Rouen because their own stadium was too small, kept pushing forward and Abdel Majide Ouahbi sealed their win on 67 minutes.

Quevilly, who play in the equivalent of the fourth division, knocked out top-flight side Stade Rennes in the previous round.

Date created : 2010-03-24

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