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Cherki sparkles as Lyon reach French Cup last 16

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Teenager Rayan Cherki scored two and set up another as Olympique Lyonnais avoided a last-gasp slip-up to advance into the French Cup last 16 with a 4-3 win at Nantes on Saturday.

Soccer Football – Coupe de France – Round of 32 – Nantes v Olympique Lyonnais – The Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France – January 18, 2020 Olympique Lyonnais' Mathis Ryan Cherki scores their first goal REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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PARIS: Teenager Rayan Cherki scored two and set up another as Olympique Lyonnais avoided a last-gasp slip-up to advance into the French Cup last 16 with a 4-3 win at Nantes on Saturday.

The 16-year-old netted twice within the opening nine minutes to inspire Lyon to victory despite Nantes's late fightback while other Ligue 1 teams struggled against lower sides.

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St Etienne dug deep to beat Ligue 2 team Paris FC 3-2 in the capital after being behind 2-1 until the 71st minute. Lille left it late to down fifth division Gonfreville 2-0 with goals by Loic Remy and Victor Osimhen in the 69th minute and in stoppage time.

In Nantes, Cherki collected Moussa Dembele's pass before dribbling past goalkeeper Alban Lafont for a first-minute opener.

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