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Mbappe scores five in PSG French Cup rout of amateur minnows


France striker Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the France Cup round 32 football match between US Pays de Cassel and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens, northern France on January 23, 2023.

France striker Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the France Cup round 32 football match between US Pays de Cassel and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens, northern France on January 23, 2023. (Photo by Francois LO PRESTI/AFP)

Kylian Mbappe became the first Paris Saint-Germain player to score five goals in a single game as the Ligue 1 giants crushed amateur sixth-place side Pays de Cassel 7-0 in the French Cup on Monday.

Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in France’s defeat to Argentina in the World Cup final just over a month ago, scored a first-half hat-trick here as PSG led 4-0 against regional rivals. area.

He scored two more after starting again, with Neymar and Carlos Soler scoring other PSG goals in the last round of 32 tie.

The Qatari-owned club, which has won the French Cup 14 times, more than any other team, will now play against nasty rivals Marseille in the round of 16 early next month.

That match is scheduled to take place in the week starting February 6, just a week before PSG host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

PSG coach Christophe Galtier told reporters: “After we scored the first goal, our opponent became more difficult.

“The opponents we will face in the coming weeks are of a different quality,” he added.

Mbappe was handed the captain’s armband while Neymar also started, but Lionel Messi was rested, allowed to sit out this match in front of a packed 38,000-seat Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

Pays de Cassel is a small club representing a handful of villages inland from the northernmost port town of Dunkirk in France, but their stellar track record so far in the league has attracted attention. center of the whole region.

They performed admiringly in the early stages against the Ligue 1 leaders, but their resistance was broken just before half an hour of play when Mbappe performed a Nuno Mendes back pass, sending the ball flying. deviate from the vertical column significantly.

Mbappe then set up Neymar for the Brazilian to score his first goal since the World Cup, before the French star tipped the ball in third for the team and then completed a hat-trick in 12 minutes from Vitinha’s pass.

Mbappe’s fourth and PSG’s fifth, after a keeper mistake in the 56th minute.

Neymar set up Soler’s heel to make it 6-0 before Mbappe completed the game, a fifth game that equalized the all-time record of scoring in the French Cup.

He has now scored 29 goals in the league, as many as former Marseille great Jean-Pierre Papin.

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