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Monaco rout Lens to keep their double dream ailve


AS Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere, center, scores against Racing Club de Lens in their Coupe de France quarter-final at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Wednesday.

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AS Monaco routed second-tier Racing Club de Lens 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France and keep their outside hopes of a league-and-cup double on track.

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri, whose side are 10 points behind runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 title race, made six changes from the team’s last outing against LOSC Lille Metropole at the weekend, but the changes made little difference to the outcome against a Lens team who are second in Ligue 2 and seeking a return to the top flight.

Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos scored Monaco’s opener after 17 minutes and added his second of the night in the 69th minute.

Dimitar Berbatov, Emmanuel Riviere, Fabinho and Geoffrey Kondogbia were also on target for Monaco.

In the semi-finals, to be played on April 15 and 16, Monaco face En Avant de Guingamp, while second-tier Angers SCO meet either Stade Rennais or LOSC Lille Metropole, who were due to clash in yesterday’s remaining quarter-final.

Guingamp reached the last four with a 2-0 win over AS Cannes, who had put out AS Saint-Etienne and Montpellier Herault in earlier rounds, with Mustapha Yatabare scoring two late second-half goals.

Amateur side Cannes’ hopes of an upset were dented eight minutes from the end of the first half when Lucas Roubah was sent off for a crunching tackle on Claudio Beauvue.

On Tuesday, Angers ended amateurs AS Moulins’ hopes with a 4-2 penalty shootout win.

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