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Gignac sends Marseille into final

Holders Olympique Marseille will face Montpellier in the Coupe de la Ligue final after a 2-0 win over Auxerre on Wednesday night.

Brandao broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time and Andre-Pierre Gignac confirmed he was back to his best to make it 2-0 in the 68th minute, both strikers on target for the second game in succession.

Auxerre were quickly overwhelmed by Marseille's power and the visitors were rewarded on the stroke of halftime when Taye Taiwo found Brandao at the far post for the Brazilian striker to head home.

The hosts improved after the break but Marseille stepped up the pace again midway through the second half.

Following a one-two with Lucho Gonzalez, Gignac, who scored in the 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday, fired a 20-metre shot into the top corner after 68 minutes to wrap up victory.

Montpellier reached the Stade de France showpiece with a 1-0 extra-time win over Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.

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