{
    "title": "Marseille edge out fourth-tier Epinal",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/1\/Marseille-180123-Celebrations-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Valere Germain came off the bench to score as Marseille claimed a 2-0 win at fourth-tier outfit Epinal on Tuesday to reach the French Cup last 16. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nEpinal, who pulled off a famous shock victory over Lyon in the 2013 French Cup, frustrated Marseille for long periods on a tricky pitch but were undone by Germain's 73rd-minute strike and Morgan Sanson's late second.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nThe 27-year-old produced a wonderful, curling lob from the edge of the area two minutes after coming on as a substitute to end the hosts' resistance and score his 11th goal for the club since joining from Monaco in the close season.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nMidfielder Sanson slotted in to complete the victory with just seconds left of injury time and secure the 10-time winners' progress into the next round.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nTwo Ligue 1 sides did fall to surprise defeats in the round of 32 though, as Claudio Ranieri's Nantes, sitting fifth in the top flight, were stunned 4-3 at home in a thriller by second-division side Auxerre.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nToulouse, who sacked coach Pascal Dupraz on Monday after falling into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, lost 2-0 at second-tier Bourg-en-Bresse.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nParis Saint-Germain continue their bid for a fourth straight Cup title on Wednesday at Guingamp, while Monaco host Lyon.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Valere Germain came off the bench to score as Marseille claimed a 2-0 win at fourth-tier outfit Epinal on Tuesday to reach the French Cup last 16.",
    "date": "2018-01-24T00:30:13",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Olympique Marseille \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "France",
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}