Monaco, Auxerre in huge cup upsets

Fifth-tier Chambery and Wasquehal were Coupe de France giantkillers today after putting out last season's finalists Monaco and fellow top flight outfit Auxerre.

Chambery and Wasquehal joined yesterday's winners Paris FC of the third tier, who knocked out first division Toulouse 2-1, as the former saw off Monaco 3-2 on penalties after the pair had been locked at 1-1. Wasquehal knocked out 1996 winners Auxerre 2-1 with a late penalty.

Second division sides accounted for further, albeit smaller, surprises as Sedan beat Arles in a shootout, Angers ousted Valenciennes in extra-time 2-1 while St Etienne also fell, 2-0 at home to Clermont, and Montpellier exited 1-0 at Reims. Those reverses mean nine first division teams have already bitten the dust - with two other sides, Lens and Caen, falling to top flight rivals.

Monaco coach Guy Lacombe has endured a tough season with his side fourth bottom of the table but a recent draw with Paris St Germain looked to have bolstered his position. However, a Cup humiliation has thrown his future back into the melting pot after a tepid display. Lacombe said his men had been hard done by, blaming everyone from the referee to the media for the elimination.

This is huge. There's a Cup upset like this once a year and this time it is we who have pulled it off. It's magic.
Chambery captain Selim Bengriba on his side's penalty shootout win over Monaco

After bemoaning a goal that was ruled out, and the effect that can have on the club, he said: "It's dreadful - we are moving towards a populist scenario with the media there to repeat that the little guys have to go through."

Chambery skipper Selim Bengriba said: "This is huge. There's a Cup upset like this once a year and this time it is we who have pulled it off. It's magic."

Auxerre, who are currently five points off the Ligue 1 drop zone, at least have a league cup semi-final against Marseille to look forward to later this month.

Elsewhere, in the round of 64 the formbook was respected as league leaders Lille beat fifth tier Forbach 3-1 while Bordeaux saw off third division Rouen to set themselves up for a tough visit to Marseille next week. Another first division side, Nice, needed penalties to shrug off the challenge of third division Creteil after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Nantes, now in division two, gave former keeper David Marraud a torrid time as he returned to the Beaujoire stadium with fifth tier Cognac, who finally succumbed 3-1.