Victor Osimhen’s introduction in the 65th minute could not help Lille prevent a shock defeat to fourth division Epinal in the French Cup on Wednesday, as the amateurs from the Vosges mountains scored twice to earn a shocking come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Ligue 1 side.
Lille must have felt a routine win was at hand when Loic Remy put them into an early lead against the minnows.
But Epinal who had ended Reunion islanders’ JS Saint-Pierroise’s dreams of becoming the first team from a French overseas territory to reach the last 16 struck back in the second half with a double from Jean-Philippe Krasso in the 56th and 62nd minutes.
A shocked Christophe Galtier promptly sent on Lille’s top scorer Osimhen three minutes after Krasso’s second strike but the Nigerian had little impact as Epinal held on to claim a major scalp and a place in the quarterfinal.
“We were never in the match,” complained Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
“You have to congratulate Epinal who deserved this win. We didn’t deserve to get a lot out of the way we played.”
Victor Osimhen who has 14 goals in 28 appearances for Lille this season will hope to return to winning ways with the Great Danes at the weekend when they visit 8th-placed Strasbourg who sit one point and one place below them in Ligue 1.