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Holder Paris Saint-Germain beats Ajaccio 3-1 to reach League Cup quarterfinals

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PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain rallied from a goal down for a labored 3-1 win at second-division Ajaccio on Wednesday as the holders reached the quarterfinals of the League Cup, while Lille and Monaco advanced on penalties.

Despite a run of two successive defeats, PSG coach Laurent Blanc fielded a B-side for the trip to Corsica, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta all being rested.

PSG's unbeaten season ended at Barcelona in the Champions League and it slipped to a first French league defeat at Guingamp last weekend. On Wednesday, the team struggled to create chances and exposed itself to counter-attacks in the first half, with the hosts taking the lead in the 27th minute when Johan Cavalli converted a penalty after Mouaad Madri was fouled by Serge Aurier.

Blanc's side improved after the interval and Edinson Cavani leveled in the 55th from Lucas's assist before Aurier made amends for his mishap by giving PSG the lead with a header 10 minutes from time. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck completed the win by steering the ball home four minutes later from Lucas' cross.

Monaco goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved Jordan Ferri's shot from the spot during the penalty shootout to send his team through against Lyon, after the teams were deadlocked at 1-1.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, who missed a penalty in extra time, put the Principality's side ahead in the 97th minute with a 16-meter strike before Alexandre Lacazette leveled for Lyon from Yoann Gourcuff's cutback.

Lille came out on top of its match against Bordeaux with a 6-5 win on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Saint-Etienne keeper Stephane Ruffier put on a show-stopping performance at Lorient with several decisive saves and midfielder Romain Hamouma scored the winner in a 1-0 win for Les Verts.

Guingamp posted a fifth straight win in all competitions, advancing with a 2-0 win at Arles-Avignon courtesy of goals from Christophe Mandanne and Claudio Beauvue, while Sylvain Armand scored the winner as Rennes defeated Creteil 1-0.

On Tuesday, Nantes rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat 10-man Metz 4-2 in extra time and Bastia advanced in a 3-2 win over fellow relegation struggler Caen.

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