Bordeaux and Lyon reach last 16 amid winter chill
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French champions Bordeaux left it late to beat third division Rodez (1-0) while Lyon ousted second division Racing Strasbourg (3-1) on a night of numerous postponements due to freezing weather.
REUTERS - Ligue 1 champions Girondins Bordeaux needed a late penalty to beat third division Rodez 1-0 in the French Cup round of 64 on a freezing Saturday that
triggered a host of postponements.
Bordeaux worried their fans until Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil was fouled in the box and Brazilian midfielder Wendelconverted the resulting penalty 13 minutes from time.
Ligue 1 sides were entering the competition and there was one top flight clash with Le Mans beating visitors Valenciennes thanks to a first-half goal by forward Anthony Le Tallec.
Monaco survived a few scares at home to second division Tours in a match that ended 0-0 after extra time.
The principality team then won the shootout 4-3, Tours missing the target with one penalty and having another saved by France under-21 goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.
Olympique Lyon qualified in more impressive fashion with a 3-1 win at second division Racing Strasbourg featuring two goals by Brazilian winger Michel Bastos.
Several matches were called off because of wintry conditions, among them the visit of second-placed Ligue 1 side Lille to fourth division Colmar.
French Cup round of 64 results on Saturday:
Chauray 0 Agen 1
Ajaccio 3 Cannes 0
Vannes 1 Troyes 1 after extra-time
Vannes win 8-7 on penalties
Seclin 1 Boulogne 4
Laval 1 Vesoul 2 aet
Saint-Dizier 0 Raon l'Etape 4
Les Herbiers 0 Toulouse 1
Monaco 0 Tours 0 aet
Monaco win 4-3 on penalties
Strasbourg 1 Lyon 3
Bordeaux 1 Rodez 0
Rennes 2 Caen 0
Le Mans 1 Valenciennes 0
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