Bordeaux advances in Coupe de la Ligue

Bordeaux players celebrate Cheick Diabate's goal (AFP)

Bordeaux won the Derby de la Garonne, defeating Toulouse 3-1 to reach the round of 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue.

Despite having goalscorer Nicolas Pallois sent off with 27 minutes left, Bordeaux triumphed over its local rival to join fellow Ligue 1 clubs Lorient, Bastia and Caen in the next round of the French knockout competition.

Toulouse struck with just six minutes left to give itself slim hope of forcing extra-time in front of its home fans but it could not find another two goals, losing its third straight match in all competitions, while it has not beaten Bordeaux at home since 2011.

Pallois gave Bordeaux the lead in the 17th minute with a header, while Diego Contento made it 2-0 by half-time with a volley from Mariano's cross after 24 minutes.

Bordeaux suffered a blow in the 63rd minute when Pallois received his second yellow card but the visitor struck again just five minutes later with Cheick Diabate bursting onto Wahbi Khazri's pass, before cutting inside to curl a shot past Toulouse goalkeeper Marc Vidal.

Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro pulled a goal back for Toulouse in the 84th minute with a close-range header but it meant little in the end as Bordeaux progressed.

Lorient and Bastia defeated Evian TG 2-1 and Auxerre 3-1 respectively to advance, while Caen came from behind twice to trump Ligue 2 club Clermont 4-3 in extra-time thanks to Mathieu Duhamel's 121st-minute goal.

Top-tier clubs Lens, Montpellier and Reims all lost, with the latter falling to Arles, which is in the relegation zone of Ligue 2.

Reims led 1-0 and forced extra-time with a goal in the 90th minute after Arles had claimed a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

But Fawzi Ouaamar's goal in the 102nd minute saw the second-tier visitor triumph, despite having Samuel Gigot sent off 11 minutes earlier.

Ajaccio defeated Montpellier 1-0 and Creteil won 2-0 over Lens, while in the other round-of-32 tie, Nantes thrashed Laval 4-0.

Source Omnisport