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Cavani brace leads PSG over Coupe de la Ligue holders

AFP, PARIS

A double by Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani eliminated Coupe de la Ligue holders AS Saint-Etienne 2-1 from this season’s competition after extra-time of their last-16 clash on Wednesday.

Cavani — who has scored 18 times in 23 games for PSG since he joined from Napoli in the close season — had given the hosts the lead in the first half, only for former PSG striker, Turkey international Mevlut Erding, to level in the second period to force extra-time.

However, Cavani grabbed the winner two minutes from the end of extra-time.

PSG’s bitter historical rivals, Olympique de Marseille, also progressed by the same scoreline against Toulouse, which resulted in their interim coach Jose Anigo announcing he would still be in the role after the winter break as he celebrated his first win in charge.

Former Toulouse star Andre-Pierre Gignac grabbed Marseille’s winner from the penalty spot in a competition that Anigo — who stepped in after Elie Baup was sacked earlier this month — said is low on his list of targets, compared with the French Cup.

Earlier, seven-time French champions Olympique Lyonnais reached the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over fellow Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.

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