Heartbreak as Gersbach’s Lens beaten in French Cup shootout

It was a frustrating night for Caltex Socceroos defender Alex Gersbach as his Lens outfit suffered a penalty shootout loss in the French Cup Quarter-Finals.

The 21-year-old started and played a full match as Lens and Les Herbiers played out a 0-0 draw at the end of regulation time.

And after neither side was able to find the net in 30 minutes of extra-time, a penalty shootout was required to determine a winner.  

Gersbach stepped up to the spot and converted his side’s second penalty to hand Lens a 2-1 advantage in the shootout.

But back-to-back misses from teammates Souleymane Diarra and Walib Mesloub proved costly as the Ligue 2 outfit suffered a 4-2 loss on penalties.

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Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine played 90 minutes as Hull City earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Barnsley in the English Championship.

In Denmark, Mustafa Amini got through 83 minutes for AGF in a 1-1 result against Horsens.