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‘Totally insufficient’

Marseille exit cup to third-tier minnows

Olympique Marseille are on the crest of a wave in European competition, but the French giants are mired in crisis on the domestic front. After losing their last five league matches in succession, Bayern's Champions League last eight opponents were ignominiously knocked out of the French cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening by the side lying 16th in the third division, as US Quevilly beat OM 3-2 in extra time.

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps admitted to “feelings of disgrace" as he left Stade Michel d'Ornano in Caan. “We've given a negative impression of ourselves today," he said, “the first half in particular was totally insufficient." Marseille were behind as early as the sixth minute after Valero converted a free-kick for Quevilly.

OM, who chose to rest seven regulars on the night, finally equalised through Loic Remy five minutes from the end of normal time. However, the third division outfit retook the lead in extra time when Ayina scored on the break after 111 minutes, only for Remy to strike his second leveller of the night a minute later.

But it was to be minnows Quevilly who had the last laugh, as Ayina prodded the ball over the line to win it after 119 minutes following a blunder by Marseille keeper Gennaro Braciligano. “We have to congratulate Quevilly. They turned in a genuine cup performance with plenty of commitment," a disappointed Deschamps stated.