Ajaccio in lucky escape in Coupe de France

Ligue 2 side Ajaccio had a narrow escape against lower-league opposition in the Coupe de France, though Angers was not so lucky.

Ajaccio, which has not impressed since getting relegated from Ligue 1 last season, travelled to Borgo for its eighth-round tie and was taken all the way to extra-time by its host before claiming a 3-2 win.

Angers was not afforded the luxury of an extra 30 minutes, however, as it was beaten 2-1 by fifth-tier relegation-struggler Dinan-Lehon, despite the away side taking a 15th-minute lead.

Like Angers, National Ligue team Istres was also dumped out of the competition by fifth-tier opposition, with Bressuire claiming a 2-1 victory thanks to Quentin Brebion's extra-time winner.

Clermont and Le Havre also had their cup runs cut short by lower-league sides, with Epinal beating the former on penalties after a 1-1 draw, while Erick Mombaerts's side lost 2-0 at home to Boulogne.

Brest and Tours both needed penalties to avoid upsets, beating Paris and Stade Bordelais after drawing 0-0 and 2-2 respectively.

Proving that not all the bigger sides were off-colour, Auxerre beat Sarreguemines 4-0 on the road, while Nancy claimed a fine 3-1 triumph at fellow Ligue 2 high-flyer Troyes.

Niort, Chateauroux, Arles, Nimes, Laval and Orleans are the other Ligue 2 sides progressing to the next round, with the latter beating US Laon in emphatic fashion, winning 7-0.

Flying the National Ligue flag in the next round will be Le Poire-sur-Vie, Dunkerque and Lucon, while Club Franciscain and St. Maur Lusi also squeezed through.

There were also wins from Plabennec, Saint-Priest, Beauvais and Concarneau from CFA, while CFA 2 sides Andrezieux, Jura Sud, Cholet and Saint-Louis Neuweg will likely have the odds stacked against them in the next round after securing their respective places.

Source Omnisport