Seven days before its semi-final first leg of the Champions League against Manchester City, PSG has been full of confidence by dismissing Angers (5-0) this Wednesday in the Coupe de France. Without Kylian Mbappé, left on the bench, but with a hat-trick from Mauro Icardi, the Parisians did not really have to force their talent to join the last four of the competition.
Paris maintains its dreams of a treble. Engaged in an exciting end to the season, between the race for the title in Ligue 1 and an upcoming double-confrontation against Manchester City on the European stage, Neymar and his gang qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday. of the Coupe de France. Quiet against the Angevins (5-0) voluntary but too naive and clumsy to hope for a big blow, they will face in the next round the Haute-Savoyard amateurs of Rumilly Vallières (National 2), Montpellier, OL or Monaco. Gones and Monegasques have an appointment in the evening (9:10 p.m.) to close these quarters. We will have to wait until Sunday to see the posters for the semi-finals, which will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May.
This promises a very busy schedule for Parisians who have at least been able to calmly manage the reception of the SCO. Deprived of Keylor Navas, Abdou Diallo, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti or Rafinha, Mauricio Pochettino had also decided to leave some executives on the bench like Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappé. That didn’t stop his team from quickly taking the lead. With a first goal in the ninth minute of play. On a collective movement concluded by Mauro Icardi, already decisive three days ago against Saint-Etienne (3-2). The break was successful by the Parisians less than a quarter of an hour later. Confident since his good performance against Bayern (0-1) at the Parc des Princes, Colin Dagba escaped in his right lane by erasing three opponents before looking for a partner in the area.
A shot of Di Maria’s awesome scarf, Icardi on fire
Neymar’s recovery was rejected by Ludovic Butelle but the ball bounced off the unfortunate Vincent Manceau and finished in the back of the net (23rd). Not illogical in view of the Parisian domination. But severe enough for enterprising Angevins. They could have revived the suspense by better negotiating their cons in the first period. Jimmy Cabot may especially regret this great opportunity wasted by a lack of responsiveness (17th). He also missed a bit of accuracy and niaque Sada Thioub on an attempt rejected by the head by Sergio Rico (32nd). At 2-0, the pace is clearly down a notch. Until the hour of play. Until the festival of Parisian artists. First with a nice ball stung from Draxler extended with the head by Neymar for the 3-0 (65th). And then there was this little gem of Angel Di Maria. A gesture of genius that would have deserved to be greeted other than by the empty stands of the Park.
After sending Mateo Pavlovic to the ground, the Argentinian offered a new goal to Icardi with a delicious stroke of the scarf (68th). The end of the last Angevin illusions. And the moment chosen by Pochettino to blow Neymar and Di Maria, among others. Stayed on the ground until the end, Icardi had a little more fun by scoring a hat-trick on a last right missile (90th). With qualification in hand and no injuries to deplore, Paris more than succeeded in its day. Next meeting Saturday in Metz (5 p.m.) in the league. Four days before the Champions League semi-final first leg against City (on RMC Sport).
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