Fekir on target as Lyon beats Montpellier 2-1 in French Cup

Lyon's Nabil Fekir. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

PARIS — Forwards Maxwell Cornet and Nabil Fekir scored first-half goals as Lyon won 2-1 at Montpellier on Wednesday to reach the French Cup quarterfinals.

Cornet put Lyon ahead after 13 minutes with forward Jonathan Ikone equalizing in the 22nd.

Fekir put Lyon back in front from the penalty spot five minutes later, sending goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte the wrong way. Fekir should have scored again but hastily volleyed over an open goal from close range near the end.

Caen made it through after drawing 2-2 away to Metz, and then edging a tense penalty shootout 3-2 after Metz missed a chance to win it.

Second-division Lens and third-division Chambly also advanced to join Cup holder Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and third-division side Les Herbiers in the last eight.

Grenoble hosts Strasbourg in the last game of the round on Thursday.

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