First chance for Ferreira Carrasco
In an Allianz Riviera stadium a little less full than for the Ligue 1 match between the two sides in early December, the rivalry between the two sides quickly came to the surface. In their all-white strip, Les Monégasques immediately took control of the ball against a Nice side forced back into their own half of the field. After a counterattack by Ferreira Carrasco (5'), the home side enjoyed the first corner of the came in the sixth minute. A minute later, Elderson crossed hard across the face of goal, but Ocampos couldn't reach it with a telling touch. The first clear chance of the match fell to Ferreira Carrasco whose shot flirted with the top-left corner of Hassen's goal.
The Nice 'keeper was called upon again in the 16th minute when Martial beat three defenders with his close control, before being tackled, just as he prepared to pull the trigger. The intensity dropped off. After Kolodziejczak saw his effort blocked by Romero (34'), it was Raggi charged forward and was brought down on the edge of the area, only to see the referee, Mr Rainville wave play on (39'). Martial and Ferreira Carrasco both forced Hassen into saves before the break, but it was scoreless at the end of 45 minutes.
Kolodziejczak sent off
The second half started with drama. Kolodziejczak was given his marching orders for a nasty swipe at Carvalho. But despite the numerical advantage, the match didn't get any easier for Les Asémistes who were denied time and again by the solid Nice defence. The home side even carved out the first chance of the second half when Maupay's header was saved by Romero (56'). Obbadi then burst onto a Martial pass, but unfortunately, the Moroccan international's shot flashed wide (58'), as did Ocampos' diving header moments later (60'). In the 72nd minute, a Berbatov cross was blocked by a Nice handball, but neither Mr Rainville, or his assistants, saw anything wrong.
A first winner for Berbatov
With 15 minutes left to play, Romero produced the goods to deny Bodmer. The Argentine international kept his side in the game and AS Monaco FC continued to dominate without finding a way through. Despite a last effort from James, blocked by Hassen, the final whistle meant extra-time. James earned a free-kick in the 97th minute, but it was blocked by the wall. Then Hassen got down well to deny Berbatov. However the young shotstopper could do nothing to stop the Bulgarian's second effort in the 114th minute. Getting on the end of an Ocampos cross, Berbatov tackled home the winning goal, his first for Les Rouge et Blanc. Exhausted by their efforts, Nice had nothing left in the tank and AS Monaco FC qualified for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France.