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By ESPN Staff
Dec 20, 2006

France Cup: Olympique Lyon into semi-finals

PARIS, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Florent Malouda scored one goal and set up another to send Olympique Lyon into the French League Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 home victory over holders AS Nancy on Wednesday.

Ligue 1 leaders Lyon, who will play Le Mans for a spot in the final, went ahead when France winger Malouda beat Gennaro Bracigliano from close range on 53 minutes after being perfectly set up by midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

Nancy, however, levelled the tie 12 minutes later when forward Moncef Zerka converted a cross from the left.

The five-times French champions eventually had the last word with goals from Sidney Govou and Alou Diarra in the last 10 minutes.

Earlier on Wednesday, Stade Reims knocked out Stade Rennes courtesy of a 51st-minute goal by striker Cedric Faure.

Twice European Cup finalists Reims, who now play in Ligue 2, will host Girondins Bordeaux in the semi-final.

Bordeaux went through when they beat St Etienne 1-0 after extra time on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Le Mans scored two goals in two minutes in the second half to stun Sochaux 2-1 away and set up their meeting with Lyon.

Striker Mamadou Samassa headed home from close range to put the visitors in front after 49 minutes and Brazilian midfielder Grafite found the net from 18 metres in the 51st.

The hosts pulled a goal back through midfielder Mickael Isabey, who bent the ball into the net 15 minutes from time.