Albert Emon endured a nightmare debut as AC Ajaccio coach when the Ligue 1 strugglers were knocked out 3-2 on penalties at third tier Rouen in the French Cup on Saturday.
Emon watched his new side struggle throughout and they needed an 89th-minute equalizer from Wilfried Zahibo to make it 1-1 and set up extra-time.
There were no more goals in the additional half hour and Ajaccio were then thwarted by Rouen goalkeeper Theo Defourny in the shootout as he saved three penalties.
While most of the top-flight clubs involved on Saturday eased past lower division sides, Steven Coat’s first-half goal was enough to give fourth tier Plabennec a 1-0 victory over Stade Reims.
Nancy, bottom of Ligue 1, crushed sixth tier Dreux 5-1 while fifth-placed Lorient thrashed amateurs Chauray by the same score.