Bordeaux crash out, Montpellier squeeze by
Bordeaux were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue third round this evening after going down 3-1 at rival Saint-Etienne.
Bordeaux have reached the most finals of any side in the competition's 17-year history, winning it three times and finishing runners-up on three other occasions, but their participation in this year's event has come to an early end.
Benoit Tremoulinas put through his own net to give Saint-Etienne the lead after just three minutes, but the same player levelled the scores six minutes later.
However, Saint-Etienne were back in front through Bakary Sako in the 16th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 56th-minute strike sealed the win for the hosts, who also beat Bordeaux 2-1 on the opening day of the Ligue 1 season.
Ligue 1 pacesetters Montpellier squeezed past second division strugglers Amiens on penalties after their match had finished 2-2.
Amiens led 2-0 at half-time through Loic Puyo and a Benjamin Gavanon spot-kick, but Montpellier hit back after the break through goals from John Utaka and Olivier Giroud and, after extra-time failed to separate the sides, the hosts prevailed 4-3 in the penalty shoot-out.
In the other games, Nice - without a league win so far this season - bounced back from an early deficit to defeat Toulouse 2-1, Sedan downed Nantes 2-0 in a battle between two Ligue 2 sides and second division Le Mans edged out top flight Ajaccio 1-0.
Also, Caen and Dijon both recorded 3-2 home wins over Brest and Valenciennes, respectively.