Diacre claims first Clermont win in Coupe de la Ligue

Corinne Diacre's Clermont Foot defeated Istres (Getty Images)

Corinne Diacre claimed her maiden win as Clermont Foot coach as the Ligue 2 side beat Istres 1-0 in the first round of the Coupe de la Ligue.

Diacre became the first female coach to take charge of a professional male team in the top two divisions of a European nation when she oversaw Clermont's 2-1 defeat at Brest last week, a result which was followed by a 1-1 draw with Auxerre.

And her short winless streak ended as midfielder Pierrick Capelle netted after five minutes to ensure victory for Clermont against its third-tier opponent.

Sochaux and Valenciennes - relegated from Ligue 1 last term - both suffered the ignominy of early exits.

The former was beaten 2-0 at Laval, while Valenciennes was dealt a 3-1 loss by last season's semi-finalist Troyes in match that saw midfielder Eloge Enza-Yamissi sent off against his former club.

Striker Quentin Ngakoutou completed his hat-trick four minutes from time to give Arles an enthralling 3-2 win over Niort, which was eliminated despite Seydou Kone's double.

Meanwhile, Nancy overcame Le Havre 2-1, and Romain Thomas's injury-time strike sealed a 2-1 success for Angers versus Nimes.

Creteil progressed with a 2-1 away triumph at CA Bastia after extra-time, while three ties went to penalty shoot-outs.

Gazelec Ajaccio emerged victorious on spot-kicks at Brest, which had claimed a 1-1 draw in normal time thanks to an injury-time leveller from Bruno Grougi.

Elsewhere, Dijon and Auxerre won on penalties at Tours and Orleans respectively.

Source Omnisport