Evian cruise into the Coupe de France final

Reuters, PARIS

Fri, May 10, 2013 - Page 20

Evian Thonon Gaillard produced a sparkling performance on Wednesday to reach their first Coupe de France final with a 4-0 thrashing of Lorient.

Evian, who beat Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round, take on either ES Troyes AC or Girondins de Bordeaux in the May 31 final at the Stade de France.

The Troyes-Bordeaux game was postponed by a week due to the risk of flooding in the Aube region and will now take place on Tuesday.

At Annecy’s Parc des Sports, where Evian play their home games, Lorient floundered in the first half.

Midfielder Milos Ninkovic opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a low shot after being set up by a Yannick Sagbo back-heel. Sagbo then found the back of the net 10 minutes later, latching on to a corner-kick at the far post.

Lorient were toothless up front and shaky at the back, while Evian, who are 18th in Ligue 1 and are battling to avoid relegation, showed courage and enthusiasm.

In the 33rd minute, Benjamin Lecomte let a routine pass slip from his hands for Kevin Berigaud to get the ball and tap it into the empty net.

Evian coach Dupraz made a couple of defensive changes 10 minutes into the second half, yet his team continued to attack and Najib Baouia added the fourth, volleying home Eric Tie Bi’s cross from the left.