The Monegasques had never beaten Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue before. They put that record straight last night, although the win was a long time coming. In driving rain, it was the home side who had the best of the first half. On 6 minutes, the off-balance Lacazette fired in a shot from inside the area, but Stekelenburg got down well for his first action of the game. In the 16th minute, a well struck free kick by Fekir came within inches of the Dutch goalkeeper's woodwork. The first Monaco effort eventually arrived on 22 minutes, but Ocampos was unable to keep his 20-yard effot down. In the last quarter hour of the first period, Lyon mounted a series of raids on the visitors' goal, but the Monegasque defence stuck firmly to their job.
The action moved up a gear in the second half. On 57 minutes, Dirar sent Ocampos running down the left, but the Argentine's shot from just inside the box was well saved by Lopes. On 60 minutes, Germain advanced through the middle, turned and struck a fine effort that whistled just past Lopes' left upright. On 62 minutes, Silva chanced his arm from a central position 18 yards out, but skied the ball well over the top. Lyon woke up and poured forward in search of an opener. First a dangerous 68th minute effort from Benzia was blocked in the area by Toulalan. Then on 82 minutes: Lacazette hammered a long-range effort that Stekelenburg got down to hold. There was a close call for the home side in the 85th minute, as Ferreira Carrasco - who had come on in the 63rd minute and immediately looked threatening - raced towards goal. He was thrown off balance by Bedimo, but the referee waved play on to the anger of the Belgian, who was booked.
AS Monaco have the last word
With neither side able to find a winner, the game went to extra time. On 93 minutes, the referee awarded a penalty for a clear foul by Bedimo on Carrasco. The Belgian opted to take it himself, but Lopes showed strong hands to keep it out. Three minutes later, Carrasco made up for the miss after a long solo run towards the Lyon box, sending in a shot from 16 yards that Lopes got a touch to but could not keep out. The Monegasques were in front. But Lyon responded with a goal of their own just after half time in extra time. After fine work down the left, Gourcuff produced the perfect pull back from Lacazette to pop the ball into an empty net. The match would be decided by penalties. For the first penalty of the shoot-out, Jérémy Toulalan's effort was saved by Lopes, who had guessed the right way. But Baky Koné, Lyon's third penalty-taker, put his shot over the bar. In the end it was Stekelenburg, making his first start, who sent his side through to the next round, saving from Jordan Ferri. The Red & Whites are into the quarter-finals where they will face En Avant Guingamp at the Stade Louis-II.