Marseille resume chase for elusive trophy
PARIS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille will try to stay on course for their first trophy in 14 years when they take on third division side Vannes in a French Cup quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
The Provence side, who have won the competition a record 10 times, have not put their hands on any silverware since winning the Champions League with a 1-0 defeat of AC Milan in 1993.
OM will be keen to make amends for a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
'Let us face it, it is a shameful defeat,' club chairman Pape Diouf told OM's website on Sunday.
'Now we don't have any choice. We must win against Vannes, and then against Lens in Ligue 1,'.
Marseille will miss influential midfielder Franck Ribery, who suffered a foot injury against Toulouse and will be sidelinded for at least two weeks.
Holders Paris St Germain, who beat rivals Marseille in last year's final, visit first division Sochaux on Wednesday.
PSG, who had won their last two league matches, lost 2-0 at home to St Etienne in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
The Parisians are fourth from bottom in the league standings and have only the Cup left to save a dreadful season.
On Tuesday, Sedan entertain fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Nantes in a re-run of the 1999 final won 1-0 by Nantes.
Both teams are threatened by relegation and will be eager to give their fans something to cheer.
Nantes, who have never been relegated since joining the elite in 1963, have won the French Cup three times.
On Wednesday, Racing Lens continue their bid to get their hands on the Cup for the first time when they travel to Gueugnon to face giant killers Montceau.
The amateurs, who knocked out Girondins Bordeaux in the previous round, believe they can upset the northerners, who are second in the Ligue 1 standings.
'In one match, everything is possible if we play like we played against Bordeaux,' midfielder Damien Bagrowski told the French federation's website.
Lens playmaker Eric Carriere said: 'It's a good draw but that is also what the Bordeaux players probably told themselves before playing Montceau, so we have to remain very cautious.'