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Montpellier shocks PSG in French Cup

Friday, January 24, 2014

PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Montpellier in the round of 32 of the French Cup yesterday while an injury to star striker Radamel Falcao overshadowed Monaco's win against minnows Chasselay.

Unbeaten at home since November 2012 and flying high at the top of Ligue 1, PSG were expected to see off a struggling Montpellier side at the Parc des Princes.

However, the visitors have improved recently under coach Rolland Courbis and took the lead 20 minutes in when Daniel Congre headed in a Siaka Tiene cross.

Home coach Laurent Blanc left Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench at kick off, although that allowed Edinson Cavani to play in his favoured central striking position and the Uruguayan converted a Lucas Digne centre to draw PSG level on the half-hour.

There were chances at both ends after that but it was Montpellier who snatched a winner midway through the second half, Victor Hugo Montano heading in a corner to stun the home support.

While Montpellier had their Colombian striker to thank for taking them through, an injury to his compatriot Falcao overshadowed Monaco's 3-0 victory at Chasselay earlier.

Falcao crumbled to the ground following a challenge by Soner Ertek inside the Chasselay area — for which no penalty was given just before the interval and needed lengthy treatment before being carried away on a stretcher.

He had given the principality club the lead just before the half-hour mark, tapping into an empty net after Valere Germain had headed down a cross for his 11th goal in French football.

Emmanuel Riviere replaced the former Atletico Madrid striker after halftime and went on to score two more goals in a game that was played at Lyon's Stade de Gerland.

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