Nuno Tavares had another eventful evening for Marseille as they were eliminated from the Coupe de France by Ligue 2 side FC Annecy this week.
Arsenal loanee Nuno Tavares was initially rested for Marseille’s home clash with FC Annecy on Wednesday night, but he came on in the 56th minute shortly after Marseille had conceded an equaliser.
Things got worse moments later as Annecy’s Kevin Mouanga headed home from a corner for 2-1, but Tavares was heavily involved in Marseille’s late comeback.
Heading into the final 10 minutes, Tavares found Jordan Veretout in the box, and the midfielder was brought down for a penalty.
Unfortunately, Alexis Sanchez’s spot-kick was saved, and Marseille had to go again.
With over 95 minutes on the clock, Tavares swung a cross in from the left-hand side. Vitinha headed the cross on to Francois Regis Mughe, who applied an excellent (if perhaps slightly fortunate) finish for 2-2.
But there was a further twist left to come in the penalty shootout, as Tavares saw his own spot-kick saved by the Annecy goalkeeper.
With Leonardo Balerdi also missing for Marseille, the Ligue 1 side exited the competition at the quarter-final stage.
The result was certainly a shock, with Marseille largely considered the favourites to win the whole thing.
They sit second in the Ligue 1 table and had already knocked out Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round, so the stage was set for the club to lift the trophy at the end of next month.
FC Annecy, Toulouse, last year’s champions Nantes, and Lyon will now battle it out in the semi-finals in early April.