Nimes stun Sochaux

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Nimes booked their place in the semi-final of the French Cup following a thrilling 4-3 extra-time win over Championnat side Sochaux at Les Costieres.

Sochaux were up 3-1 after the hour mark thanks in part to a double from Mohammed Abdel Kader, but were unable to see out the contest.

Things began well for the home side with Ulrick Chavas opening the scoring after 23 minutes with a well-taken strike, but their advantage did not last long.

Kader levelled matters minutes later after following in a free-kick and his tap in six minutes before the interval gave Sochaux a half-time lead.

Ilan's long-range strike just before the hour mark appeared to have wrapped up the contest for the visitors before Nimes struck back in fine fashion late on.

Enza Yamissi connected with a left wing cross to pull a goal back with a fierce right-footed drive to bring the home side back into the contest and lift the crowd.

Just minutes later the game was destined for extra-time when Moise Kande headed home at the near post to stun the visitors.

Kader should have settled the tie in injury time, but after rounding keeper Cedric Duchesne he could only find the side netting.

Eighty two minutes after Nimes originally took the lead in the contest they were back in front through Matthias Verschave, who had been quiet up till that point.

Verschave broke away down the right and his wicked cross deflected off a defender before Teddy Richert bundled the ball into his own net at the near post.

Auxerre were seconds from exiting the French Cup but the sixth placed Championnat pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

Vincent Ehouman's goal after 76 minutes appeared to be enough to give Boulonge a famous win before late drama.

Stephane Grichting's injury time goal gave the visitors a lifeline and sent the contest into extra-time.

The additional time was always going to favour the top-flight side and substitute Luigi Peroni's goal after 97 minutes gave Auxerre an unlikely 2-1 success.