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Monaco rocked by French Cup defeat



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PARIS, France (Reuters) -- Second division Chateauroux knocked Ligue 1 leaders Monaco out of the French Cup with a 1-0 away win on Wednesday to reach the semifinals.

The first-half winner came from Djibrill Sidibe, loaned to Chateauroux by Monaco during the close season.

Monaco coach Didier Deschamps rested several key men ahead of Saturday's game against Sochaux and the Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

Jerome Rothen, Lucas Bernardi and Fernando Morientes were not included in the squad.

"We held on and Monaco probably had their Champions League game in mind, which helped us. We're very happy," said Chateauroux defender Jimmy Algerino.

Chateauroux, who lie 11th in the Ligue 2 standings, played as though they had nothing to lose and were rewarded when Sidibe netted with a powerful 25-meter drive.

Marama Vahirua scored one and set up another as Nantes came from behind to beat Rennes 3-2 and reach the semifinals.

Nantes, who have not lost at home to their Brittany rivals since 1964, made up for a luckless first half by scoring three times in 23 minutes after the interval.

Substitute Shiva Nzigou sealed the win with a drive from 18 meters in the 87th minute with his first touch.

Rennes had stunned the home fans, going ahead through midfielder Cedric Barbosa who headed home a cross from Etienne Dido just before half-time.

Vahirua equalised in the 64th minute, netting a powerful volley from inside the box.

Seven minutes later he laid on the second goal for Yapi who scored with a diving header.

Nzigou made it safe before Nantes defender Nicolas Gillet inadvertantly rounded off the scoring in time added on with an own goal.

Nantes were without Romanian striker Viorel Moldovan, who was ineligible because his residence permit has expired.

He should return for Saturday's Ligue 1 game at Olympique Lyon.


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