January 20, 2020 / 11:06 PM / a month ago

Keita double pilots Monaco into French Cup last 16

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco vs Paris St Germain - Stade Louis II, Monaco - January 15, 2020 AS Monaco's Balde Keita celebrates after Tiemoue Bakayoko scored their first goal REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - A first-half double from Keita Balde helped AS Monaco through to the last 16 of the French Cup on Monday with a 3-1 win at fourth tier giant-killers Saint-Pryve Saint-Hilaire.

The home side, who beat Ligue 1 side Toulouse 1-0 in the round of 64, were 3-0 down at halftime in Orleans but pulled one back eight minutes from time through Carnejy Antoine.

Spanish-born Senegalese winger Keita scored in the 11th and 28th minutes, the first coming when he struck on the rebound after Stevan Jovetic’s header was parried by goalkeeper Charles-Henri Chatelin.

France international Wissam Ben Yedder then added his name to the scoresheet in the 36th minute.

Roberto Moreno’s side will play Saint-Etienne in the next round on Jan. 29.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ian Chadband

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