Milik hat trick rescues Marseille in French Cup; Angers out

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PARIS (AP) — Top-tier Marseille overcame an early shock against amateur side Le Cannet Rocheville on Sunday with Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win as his team advanced to the last 32 of the French Cup.

Mike Core beat the offside trap and slipped the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to give the fifth-division side the lead in the 16th.

Milik equalized for Marseille in the 41st by converting a penalty after defender Iheb Lahouel received a second yellow card for a poor tackle on American winger Konrad de la Fuente.

Second in the French league, Marseille dominated the second half against 10-man Le Cannet Rocheville. Milik scored after a low cross from Matteo Guendouzi in the 58th. Guendouzi then set up Brazilian forward Luis Henrique, who slotted into the far corner in the 77th. Milik sealed the win in the 90th with a tap-in.

Fifth-division team Linas-Montlhery caused the upset of the day so far by beating top-tier Angers 2-0.

Pascal Leno headed home a corner in the ninth minute before capitalizing on a counterattack to add a second goal in the 24th.

“That was hard,” Linas-Montlhery forward Issa Cisse told Eurosport television. “We suffered, we ran a lot. It came from the right, from the left, down the middle, but we didn’t give in.”

Angers coach Gerald Baticle perhaps underestimated Linas-Montlhery as he made nine changes to the team that started in the French league last weekend.

“They deserved more than us to qualify,” Angers defender Romain Thomas told Eurosport television. “They were more opportunistic than us. We got what we deserved.”

Fourth-division side Bergerac upset Metz 5-4 in a penalty shootout after both teams failed to find the net in regulation time. Bergerac goalkeeper Pierre Laborde-Turon saved Pape Sarr’s spot kick before Hicham M’Laab converted the final penalty.

Top-tier clubs Monaco, Saint-Etienne, Lens, Montpellier and Reims advanced to the last 32 on Sunday.

France international Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice to lead Monaco to a 2-0 win over Red Star, a third-division team that has won the French Cup five times. Ben Yedder dribbled past the Red Star defense to beat goalkeeper William Avognan Yapobi in the 33rd. He then doubled the lead with a low shot in the 65th.

Making his debut as Saint-Etienne coach, Pascal Dupraz watched his team’s 1-0 win over fourth-division side Lyon La Duchere. Saint-Etienne winger Arnaud Nordin fired the ball into the bottom corner in the 32nd. Dupraz replaced Claude Puel and is tasked with pulling Saint-Etienne out of the relegation zone. Saint-Etienne supporters were banned from attending the game as the Rhone prefect feared potential violence because of the regional rivalry between Lyon and Saint-Etienne.

Lens edged fifth-division team Poitiers 1-0 as forward Ignatius Ganago converted a rebound in the 36th.

Montpellier beat fourth-division side Andrezieux 1-0 with a penalty from Teji Savanier in the 68th.

Reims needed a late goal from teenager Martin Adeline in the 89th to knock out Reims Sainte-Anne 1-0 in a Champagne derby.

Later Sunday, defending champion Paris Saint-Germain visits fifth-division side Feignies Aulnoye. ___

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