Monaco routed Ligue 2 outfit Racing Club de Lens 6-0 to progress through to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France on Wednesday.
Claudio Ranieri’s men opened the scoring in controversial fashion through Lucas Ocampos before a second was added by Dimitar Berbatov prior to half-time.
After Lens had a goal disallowed for offside early in the second period, the floodgates opened, with Emmanuel Riviere and Fabinho on target before Ocampos added his second of the night. A late Loic Landre own goal compounded the guests’ difficult evening.
A much-changed home side - six changes were made to the team that drew with Lille at the weekend - dominated this game from the outset and were rewarded for their efforts early on when Fabinho’s cross was converted from close range by Ocampos, whom replays showed was offside.
Shortly before the break, Berbatov added number two. A quick exchange with Riviere at the edge of the box presented the Bulgarian with a shooting opportunity that he fired past Rudy Riou and into the Lens net.
Aggrieved at the nature of the hosts’ opener, the northerners would feel even more frustrated early in the second half when Adama Coulibaly had the ball in the net following an error from Silvio Romero, but the Argentina international goalkeeper was spared by the offside flag.
Three minutes later, Monaco were firmly out of sight. Berbatov was again the architect, releasing Riviere to run through and score a third for the Stade Louis II outfit.
And only a short time afterwards, the home side benefitted from some sloppy marking from their guests as Fabinho had time to control the ball at the back post before shooting home after a free kick delivered from Mounir Obbadi.
Now playing with terrific fluency and confidence, Ligue 1’s second-placed side almost saved their best until last, as Ocampos grabbed a second for himself midway through the half. Nabil Dirar and Riviere were to the forefront of the sweeping move, which the Argentine concluded with a tidy finish.
Landre’s own goal in the closing stages merely capped a night Antoine Kombouare’s side will wish to forget.
Monaco are now in the last four of the competition along with Guingamp and Ligue 2 side Angers. Either Rennes or Lille will join them, with that all-Ligue 1 encounter scheduled for Thursday.
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- Dimitar Berbatov
- Emmanuel Riviere
- Racing Club de Lens
- Lucas Ocampos
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