Valere Germain brace lifts Monaco into Coupe de France semifinals

Valere Germain scored twice to help Monaco beat Lille 2-1 in the Coupe de France quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The Monaco captain opened the scoring with a remarkable goal in the 35th minute, tapping the ball around a Lille defender before firing a shot into the roof of the net.

And after Carlens Arcus was sent off for Lille five minutes later, Germain tucked home a cross to double Monaco's lead, which held up despite Anwar El Ghazi's late consolation for the visitors.

Guingamp also advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 win away to fourth-tier Frejus thanks to Alexandre Mendy's goal five minutes after half-time.

Monaco and Guingamp will be joined by the winners of Wednesday's quarterfinals as Paris Saint-Germain travel to third-division Avranches and Angers host Bordeaux.