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Sochaux savour French Cup glory

Published: Saturday 12 May 2007, 20.42CET
FC Sochaux Montbéliard claimed the French Cup for the first time since 1933 after a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout success against Olympique de Marseille.
by Christian Châtelet
from Paris

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Published: Saturday 12 May 2007, 20.42CET

Sochaux savour French Cup glory

FC Sochaux Montbéliard claimed the French Cup for the first time since 1933 after a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout success against Olympique de Marseille.

FC Sochaux Montbéliard claimed the French Cup for the first time since 1933 after a dramatic penalty shootout success against Olympique de Marseille, following a 2-2 draw at the Stade de France.

Cissé opener
Marseille, out to end a 14-year trophy drought, were given a dream start when Djibril Cissé headed them in front within five minutes. Yet Sochaux, primed for the occasion by ex-Marseille coach Alain Perrin, levelled midway through the second half as Moumouni Dagano converted a cross from Jérôme Leroy - another former Marseille man. Albert Emon's side went in front for the second time seven minutes into extra time when Toifilou Maoulida produced a fine cross that Cissé headed in. Yet just as the trophyappeared destined for the south coast, substitute Anthony Le Tallec turned in a Karim Ziana cross to equalise with five minutes remaining and force penalties.

Richert heroics
Maoulida was the first to buckle under the pressure of the shootout, as his weak effort was saved by Teddy Richert. It gave Jérémie Brechet the chance to win it with Sochaux's fifth kick only for Cédric Carrasso to give Marseille a lifeline. But the respite was short-lived as Philippe Brunel put Les Lionceaux ahead in sudden-death and Ronald Zubar was denied by Richert as Sochaux prevailed 5-4. Perrin's side will enter next season's UEFA Cup first round, while Marseille can console themselves with the thought that, lying second in Ligue 1, they remain on target for a UEFA Champions League berth.

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