None of Wednesday night’s Coupe de France action could match the drama in central France. Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne needed a double from Norwich City loanee Ricky van Wolfswinkel to find a way past Ligue 2 side Tours FC.
The home side took the lead after 11 minutes when Les Verts centre-back Mustapha Bayal Sall headed past his own ‘keeper to give Tours a surprise lead.
It took until the 64th minute before the Ligue 1 side mustered an equaliser. Yohan Mollo’s shot was saved by Bingourou Kamara but the shot stopper could only turn it onto the post and it fell to Kevin Monnet-Paquet to head in.
Within 10 minutes, Saint-Etienne were 3-1 up and Van Wolfswinkel had scored twice. Mollo slipped in the Dutch striker for the first and the forward applied a calm finish.
Mollo created the second, throwing in a right-foot cross, the Norwich loanee controlled it with his first-touch, finished with his second.
That should have been game over for Tours but a wonderful half-volley from Yousef Adnane and a Bryan Bergougnoux panenka levelled the game again with only 10 minutes to go.
Extra-time was needed but Tours had nothing left in the tank. Mevlut Erding and Monnet-Paquet scored in the second extra-time period and Tours had no response.
Monaco won the all-Ligue 1 clash 2-0 against Evian, while Guingamp edged past Ligue 2 Chateauroux by the same score.
A 94th-minute equaliser for CFA2 side SO Cholet took Brest to extra-time, but the Ligue 2 side scored twice to avoid the shock. Le Poire-sur-Vie needed extra-time to see off FC Bressuire from CFA2.
Wednesday night ended in Paris and under the lights of the Eiffel Tower and Paris Saint-Germain didn’t disappoint. Edinson Cavani gave the capital club the lead, heading home Lucas Digne’s cross.
Just after the 30 minute mark, Javier Pastore made it 2-0 when he followed up on Ezequiel Lavezzi’s miss. Bordeaux battled back when Diego Rolan got one back just after half-time but it wasn't to save Willy Sagnol’s side.
Five amateur sides have qualified for the last 16 and, with only a maximum of seven Ligue 1 teams able to make it through, the next round is going to be interesting. And what will Norwich-owned Van Wolfswinkel produce in the next round?