French cup match suspended after linesman hit on head by object thrown from the crowd
22:52 GMT, 28 November 2012
Lille reached the semi-finals of the French League Cup with a 3-0 win over Bastia on Wednesday but the match had to be suspended for 15 minutes in the first half after an assistant referee was hit by a missile thrown from the crowd.
The players were taken off the pitch with Lille leading 1-0 six minutes before the break as the official received attention. He was unhurt and continued in his role. The object that hit the official was said to be a stone.
Hurt: The assistant referee (second right) leaves the pitch after being hit by an object thrown by supporters
Soldiering on: The official needed attention but continued at the Armand Cesari Stadium in Corsica
Gianni Bruno opened the scoring for Lille in the 10th minute, firing home after defender Maka Mary had failed to clear, and the visitors doubled their lead thanks to another mistake on 62 minutes.
Bastia goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi misjudged a deep Marvin Martin ball, leaving Ronny Rodelin free to score into an empty net.
Pleading: Bastia coach Frederic Hantz attempts to calm his club's supporters down as the game is stopped
Djibril Sidibe wrapped it up four minutes before full-time.
Substitute Jonathan Tinhan scored a late winner as Montpellier also reached the last four with a thrilling 3-2 home victory over Nice.
Saint-Etienne qualified for the last four on Tuesday after beating Paris St Germain on penalties.
Stade Rennes host Troyes on Thursday when the draw for the semi-finals will be made.
Tempers fray: The referee stops the match as Bastia's supporters throw objects onto the pitch
Making a splash: Lille forward Bruno Gianni celebrates after scoring against Bastia