Norwich City's Van Wolfswinkel leads Saint-Etienne to cup win

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel continues his excellent play for Saint-Etienne as he helped the French club make it to the Coupe de France last 16.

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?

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