Mauro Icardi bags hat trick as a Neymar strike and own goal help Paris Saint-Germain smash FIVE past Angers to reach the French Cup semi finals as Mauricio Pochettino eyes more silverware with French giants
- Paris Saint-Germain smashed five past Angers to advance in the French Cup
- Argentine striker Mauro Icardi bagged a hat trick against their helpless rivals
- Neymar got in on the act and contributed to an own goal by an Angers man
- Wednesday’s win sends Mauricio Pochettino’s side through to the semi finals
Mauro Icardi again scored in the final seconds at Parc des Princes, this time completing a hat trick as title holder Paris Saint-Germain routed Angers 5-0 on Wednesday to reach the French Cup semifinals.
The prolific striker held off a defender to volley home a high ball dropping into the penalty area, days after heading home in the last seconds of injury time to give PSG a 3-2 home win against Saint-Etienne in the league on Sunday.
It took his tally to 11 goals in 21 games this season and 31 in 55 since joining PSG two years ago from Serie A club Inter Milan, where he scored 124 in 219 to earn a reputation as one of the best finishers in Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the French Cup semi finals after putting five past Angers
Mauro Icardi bagged a hat trick as the French champions ran riot at the Parc des Princes
Neymar added to the tally and played a huge part in an own goal to send the Parisians through
Paris Saint-Germain (4-2-3-1): Rico; Dagba, Danilo (Pembele, 82), Kehrer, Bakker (Kurzawa, 75); Paredes (Herrera, 73), Gueye; Di Maria (Sarabia, 72), Neymar (kean, 72), Draxler; Icardi
Subs not used: Florenzi, Franchi, Kimpembe, Mbappe
Scorers: Icardi (9, 68, 90), Manceau (own goal, 23), Neymar (65)
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Angers (4-2-3-1): Butelle; Capelle, Thomas, Pavlovic, Manceau; Amadou, Mangani (Coulibaly, 69); Cabot (El Melali, 60), Pereira (Bobichon, 76), Thioub (Cho, 76); Bahoken (Diony, 61)
Subs not used: Ould Khaled, Petkovic, Taibi, Traore
Manager: Stéphane Moulin
Neymar forced an own goal from defender Vincent Manceau to make it 2-0 midway through a first half where the visitors had several chances.
After setting up Icardi’s first goal in the ninth minute, attacking midfielder Julian Draxler flicked over a pass from the left for Neymar to head home in the 65th minute. Three minutes later, a great piece of skill from Angel Di Maria with a rabona down the right gave Icardi a close-range goal.
It has been a positive week for the Parisians thus far, with the French champions vindicated in their decision not to join the European Super League after the controversial plot fell apart after just 48 hours.
Former Manchester United star Angel di Maria set up an Icardi goal with a rabona assist
Mauricio Pochettino moves a step closer to more silverware since arriving in Paris in January
PSG, alongside Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, rejected their invitation into the breakaway competition, before England’s ‘big six’ pulled out on Tuesday evening.
24 hours later Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid all withdraw from the competition, leaving Real Madrid and Barcelona as the last clubs standing.
Meanwhile, PSG’s president Nasser Al Khelaifi has been named president of the European Club Association, replacing Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli for his role in the JP Morgan-backed league worth £4.6bn.
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