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Football | France

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates © Gallo Images

Etienne beat Lille to reach Cup quarters



St Etienne's remarkable season continued on Tuesday when they reached the quarterfinals of the French Cup with a 3-2 home win against Lille.

St Etienne, who are still on course for a Champions League playoff spot and will play in the League Cup final in April, prevailed with an Aurelien Chedjou own goal and strikes by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Brandao.

Marko Basa had opened the scoring in the first half but it proved to be a fluke as the visitors were outplayed throughout the game.

Elsewhere, Evian Thonon Gaillard beat second division side Le Havre 3-1 thanks to a Kevin Berigaud double.

Troyes snatched a 2-1 win at Sochaux to advance into the last eight.

At Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne, who are fifth in Ligue 1 and two points away from the Champions League playoff spot, fell behind on 33 minutes when defender Basa headed home from a Dimitri Payet free kick.

On the stroke of halftime, St Etienne levelled after keeper Steeve Elana's clearance bounced on to centre back Chedjou into the goal.

Les Verts pulled away five minutes into the second half when Aubameyang netted with a low cross shot after collecting a superb Mathieu Bodmer through ball.

Brazilian striker Brandao made it three in the 75th minute after being set up by midfielder Renaud Cohade, with Salomon Kalou reducing the arrears eight minutes from time when Stephane Ruffier parried a Payet shot into his path for the Ivory Coast forward to poke home.

On Wednesday, David Beckham will start his first Paris St Germain game when Carlo Ancelotti's side take on arch rivals Olympique Marseille.

PSG beat OM 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

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