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Toko Ekambi, Bahoken crash out of French Cup

• The Cameroonian forwards have been eliminated from the French Cup after losing with their respective clubs in the quater-final on Wednesday. 

By Beng Emmanuel 

Cameroon internatonal forwards Kark Toko Ekambi and Stephane Bahoken have been knocked out of the French Cup, after their clubs Olympic of Lyon and Angers respectively lost in the single leg quater-finals on Wednesday.

Ekambi, 28 played for only 20 minutes as Lyon lost 0-2 against Ligue 1 rivals AS Monaco of Cameroon eligible midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni at the Groupama Stadium. While Ekambi was an unused subsitute until his entry, his compatriot of Cameroonian origin and also French youth international Tchouameni played full-time. 

Ekambi has been nominated for the 2021 Marc Vivian Foe Award

The former Villareal striker who re-joint the French outfit in July 2020, from a loan spell in Spain replaced Memphis Depay at the 70th minute. His team had already conceded two goals within eight (8) minutes before his entry.

Wissam Ben Yedder opened the scoring by converting a penalty, and later turned to a provider to assist Germany’s Kevin Volland who sealed the win for the visitors. 

Lyon were forced to play with 10 men throughout the second half after Sinaly Diomande was sent off. Their head coach Rudi Garcia had seen red, with the opposing coach Niko Kovac sanctioned with a yellow card. 

The seven (7) times Ligue 1 winners last triumph at the French Cup was in 2012. They won the trophy five (5) times and have also lost three (3) finals. 

Lyon will now focus on the domestic league. They face leaders Lille on April 25 before hoping to take a revenge on AS Monaco on May 2 during, match day 35. 

Angers suffer humiliation

Stephane Bahoken’s Angers were thrashed 0-5 by Paris Saint Germain at the Parc De Prince.

The 28-year-old was handed a starting role and played for 61 minutes before he was substituted by Lois Diony.

Stephane Bahoken joined Angers in 2018 from RC Strasbourg

It was an unfortunate game for Angers who sit 12 of the Ligue 1. Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as the reigning French champions eased into the French Cup semi-finals convincingly. Brazil super-star Neymar was also on target while Vincent Manceau scored an own goal. 

The win keeps PSG ‘s bid of winning three trophies under Mauricio Pochettino’s very much alive : the Ligue 1, French Cup and Champions League.

PSG are currently second in the Ligue 1 table, only a point behind leaders Lille. They visit 9th place Metz on April 24. Angers on their part host AS Monaco. 

French Cup Semi-finalist

PSG, AS Monaco, Montpellier and fourth-tier side Vallieres.

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