Marseille hit rock bottom with cup defeat to fourth-tier amateurs
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Marseille coach Rudi Garcia lashed out at his "unacceptable" side after they were embarrassingly dumped out of the French Cup by fourth-division Andrézieux on a weekend of shocking upsets for Ligue 1 clubs.
Goals from Bryan-Clovis Ngwabije in the 17th minute and Florian Milla seven minutes from the end humiliated Marseille, who last season reached the final of the Europa League, and left Garcia's off-form side winless in seven matches.
"This is unacceptable," a dejected Garcia said after the match. "Well done to Andrézieux, who showed that they were a team that wanted it and fought together, something that we desperately lacked."
PSG meanwhile comfortably beat fifth-division Pontivy 4-0 despite performing well below their best, with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé on the scoresheet for the runaway Ligue 1 leaders, who were only a goal up at the break following an own goal for the unfortunate Sylvain Jule.
Julian Draxler completed the rout with three minutes left, latching onto a Neymar pass before clipping home.
In Saint-Etienne, Marseille had 28 shots on goal but couldn't finish their chances and were punished by their lowly opponents on what Garcia called a "very bad day".
Marseille have been knocked out of the Coupe de France by fourth tier ASF Andrezieux! 😱Goal (@goal) January 6, 2019
Their ninth defeat in 13 games... 😳
A new low. 😔 pic.twitter.com/wEPlK5zgo7
Defender Ngwabije, who hadn't scored a goal since the start of the season, told Eurosport that he had "dreamed" of making such a big impact.
Marseille's poor recent run of form has seen them knocked out of both domestic cup competitions and the Europa League, which they exited at the group stage last month after picking up just one point from six matches and finishing bottom of Group H.
They are also a whopping 20 points behind PSG, but more importantly are five away from Lyon and the final Champions League place.
Amateurs on a roll
Marseille were not the only Ligue 1 sides to fail to advance, with Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nimes and Angers also crashing out.
Girondins Bordeaux lost 1-0 at home to second division Le Havre, Ebenezer Assifuah getting the winner. Montpellier, fourth in Ligue 1, conceded a goal in stoppage time to lose 1-0 at third-tier Entente SSG.
Angers also lost to an amateur side, beaten 1-0 by Viry-Chatillon, while Nimes Olympique were hammered 3-0 by Lyon Duchère.
Meanwhile Marseille's next opponents Monaco, who are locked in a relegation battle, struggled to a 1-0 win over fifth-tier Canet en Roussillon despite playing with a man extra for over 70 minutes.
Moussa Sylla's second-minute strike ensured just the fifth win in all competitions for Thierry Henry's side, who are second-from-bottom in Ligue 1.
Other Ligue 1 clubs who did reach the next round included Lyon, who beat lower league Bourges 2-0, and Stade de Reims, who overcame Lens by the same scoreline.
Rennes avoided a minor shock after coming out on top 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out at home to Ligue 2 side Brest, who had taken a 2-1 league at the Roazhon Park before Ismaila Sarr levelled for the hosts after the break.
Fellow Bretons Guingamp, who currently sit bottom of the first division, won 4-2 at Stade Pontivyen.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)