By Chris Burke
French Cup holders Paris Saint-Germain FC are out of the competition after surrendering a two-goal lead at AJ Auxerre while Ligue 2 side Grenoble Foot 38 became the latest lower-division side to reach the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win against UEFA Cup contenders LOSC Lille Métropole.
PSG could hardly have got off to a better start at the Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps when club captain José Pierre-Fanfan headed in Jérôme Rothen's free-kick with just two minutes on the clock, and Brazilian forward Reinaldo bundled the ball over the line 21 minutes later. Guy Roux's side seemed in shock but Bonaventure Kalou headed in on the half-hour mark to give them hope.
The visitors were pegged back in their own half after that and the pressure finally told with 15 minutes to go, Benjani Mwaruwari beating Jérôme Alonzo from close range. Moments later, Kanga Akalé broke into the area to place a left-footed shot into the corner and maintain Auxerre's record of never having lost to PSG in the French Cup.
Grenoble took heart from yesterday's giant-killing exploits by Clermont Foot Auvergne and Nîmes Olympique after they found themselves trailing at half-time to Nicolas Fauvergue's strike for Lille. Gaël Danic soon levelled the scores and the former Stade Rennais FC midfielder was on target again in extra time. Kader Touré settled the result on the break late on.
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard avoided an upset by beating fourth-division side US Albi 3-0, with all three goals coming in the last 20 minutes. AS Monaco FC are also into the last eight after inflicting Stade Rennais FC's first home defeat since November. Javier Saviola volleyed in spectacularly early in extra time to decide the previously goalless tie. US Boulogne's fixture with FC Nantes Atlantique was postponed, meaning that of the seven confirmed quarter-finalists, four are from outside Ligue 1.
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