MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Marseille reached the League Cup final for the third straight season after beating Nice 2-1 on Wednesday in a hard-fought match which left both teams with 10 men.
Loic Remy and strike partner Brandao scored Marseille's goals at Stade Velodrome, either side of Anthony Mounier's equalizer late in the first half.
Marseille had winger Mathieu Valbuena sent off in the second half, and Nice forward Franck Dja Djedje was also shown a red card late on by referee Clement Turpin.
Marseille will look to win the trophy for the third straight season under coach Didier Deschamps when it plays Lyon on April 14.
Lyon beat Lorient 4-2 in extra time on Tuesday after coming back from 2-0 down.
Marseille took the lead in the 16th minute with another well-taken goal from Remy, who picked up a poor defensive clearance and curled the ball from the edge of the area past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper David Ospina.
Marseille fended off interest from Premier League contender Tottenham for Remy during the January transfer window, and the 25-year-old France striker has now scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.
Although Marseille looked totally in control, Nice scored when Mounier sprinted into the area to turn in Dja Djedje's cross from the right wing in the 44th.
A mistake by Nice right back Francois Clerc gifted Marseille its second goal in the 57th.
The former France defender tried to deal with a Marseille cross by chesting the ball back to Ospina but instead cushioned it straight into the path of Brandao, who seized upon the chance to smash the ball under Ospina's body.
It was Brandao's second goal in four games since rejoining Marseille after a loan spell with Brazilian club Gremio.
The match then took a bizarre twist a few minutes later when referee Clement Turpin sent off Valbuena, who had already been shown a yellow card.
Turpin had just awarded Marseille a free kick and stood with his foot against the ball to prevent midfielder Benoit Cheyrou taking it until he had blown his whistle. Turpin raised his whistle to show Cheyrou to wait for his signal, but he had his back to Valbuena -- who may not have seen Turpin's signal -- and rushed over to take the kick quickly.
After Turpin had dismissed Valbuena, Marseille's bemused players surrounded the referee as they sought an explanation.
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps remonstrated angrily from the touchline as Valbuena -- who will miss Saturday's league match against Lyon -- trudged off shaking his head.
Despite having an extra man for 20 minutes, Nice failed to create a single chance.
Turpin then sent off Dja Djedje for a seemingly innocuous challenge on defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Dja Djedje lightly tapped the back of the Spaniard's boot after losing the ball, and Azpilicueta threw himself theatrically forward before rolling on the ground.
Dja Djedje stood and stared at Azpilicueta after he got straight back up seconds after Turpin had flashed the red card.
French television said some Nice fans making their way to Stade Velodrome in cars were attacked by about a dozen Marseille hooligans. Two cars were reportedly damaged.