Paris Saint-Germain corrected the amateur Pays de Cassel (7 to 0) with a five-pointer from Kylian Mbappé, Monday in Lens, and will find Olympique de Marseille in the last 16 of the Coupe de France.
Paris Saint-Germain benefited from the windfall. This easy victory over a regional team 1 (sixth division) is good for statistics, after two defeats in three matches in the French League, which raised doubts.
With this first quinquennial finish in the history of PSG, Mbappe also broke a new record: he is the top scorer in the Coupe de France – tied with Jean-Pierre Papin – with 29 goals, more than one per game (25 meetings in total). with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco).
Parisian captain Pedro Miguel Pauleta also doubled. The Portuguese scored 28 goals in France’s oldest club competition – born in 1918 – with Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain.
More than Mbappe, it is above all the Parisian defense that needs to be secured at the moment, after losing again four times against Riyad in a friendly match (5-4), Thursday, but there was nothing to do against the fans.
The Flanders dreamed for half an hour before suddenly giving up, conceding four goals in 11 minutes, from “Kiki” (29, 35, 40) and Neymar (33).
Mbappe twice (56, 79) and Carlos Soler (64) increased the score. Mbappe also signed PSG’s first five-man squad.
The next round, around February 8, is even more difficult for Paris Saint-Germain, the eighth “classic” in the Coupe de France over the last 22 seasons. Paris won them all… And on February 26, the two rivals met again at the Stade Vélodrome in L1.
The Vélodrome must have been full, like the barn of Artois, which welcomed its neighbors from the Flanders plain.
The US Pays de Cassel players were initially the size of the giants of Flemish folklore who paraded before the game.
The best Caseloa on the ground, midfielder Nicholas Brunel, briefly a professional at the American Dunkirk, recovered balls and sometimes advanced his team with some inspiring gestures.
But after Mbappe’s first goal, a deflected shot by construction businessman Alexis Zmjak, the dam gave way.
And the audience was left with the pleasure of carrying Neymar, who returned it well.
For the first time on the floor, he whistled the Brazilian from the field (19th), accusing him of playing comedy.
Enraged by the fact that he whistled his hand in the face of Clement Boujema, Neymar was warned a minute later for a foul on Flanders No. 8 (26).
Then the victim of Brunel’s late tackle, the Brazilian heard the whistles again when he missed a free kick (31) or sent a shot into the draw (39).
On his beautiful goal, after a series of dribbles full of relief, Neymar, in turn, scooped up the audience, his hands behind his ears.
But more often than not it was imperial superstar Mbappe who was applauded to announce the teams, as he has been everywhere in France since his unfortunate hat-trick in the World Cup final. This may not be the case in Marseille…