PSG slug Sochaux; nine of the best for OM
Four-time reigning champs Paris Saint-Germain booked their place in the Coupe de France quarters with a 4-1 win in Sochaux while Olympique de Marseille rampant in their 9-0 demolition of Bourg-en-Bresse.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Coupe de France, Round of 16
Stade Bonal, Sochaux
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1 - 4 Paris Saint-Germain
Angel Di Maria proved the danger man as holders PSG won past FC Sochaux-Montbéliard to a place in the Coupe de France quarters, the Argentine opening the scoring early (1') and going on to bag a hat-trick on either side of Edinson Cavani's far-post finish (27') that capped a move started by… Di Maria.
Although Sochaux's Florian Martin had hit back to cap Sochaux's impressive reaction to a nightmare start (13'), the goalscorer had to be stretchered off with a knee injury (33') and Les Lionceaux's attack wasn't the same again.
Angel seals the deal
Di Maria then scored twice in the space of three minutes (59', 62') to make it 4-1, but Sochaux refused to give up, defending excellently with 'keeper Lawrence Ati Zigi denying substitute Javier Pastore with a stunning reflex save from close range (90').
Ati Zigi's oppsite number 'keeper Kevin Trapp received his marching orders late on for a foul outside the area, but stand-in glovesman Dani Alves wasn't tested by the resulting free-kick and the match ended with Paris cruising through to a place in the quarters.
Stade Marcel Verchere, Bourg-en-Bresse
FBBP 01 0 - 9 Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille have been in razor-sharp form of late but Tuesday night's 9-0 demolition of Bourg-en-Bresse was something else, Rudi Garcia's men raining down goals with Lucas Ocampos (17', 48', 71') and Kostas Mitroglou (20, 40', 78') and both scoring their first-ever hat-tricks for OM.
Ligue 2 strugglers Bourg-en-Bresse only enjoyed nine minutes on level terms before OM's Brazilian midfielder maestro Luiz Gustavo lashed home an angled shot (9'), and they were 2-0 down three minutes later when Dimitri Payet curled home a free-kick from 20 metres out (12').
Ocampos and Mitroglou then added goal after goal, headers, tap-ins and angled shots as the game sped out of Bourg-en-Bresse's reach, with Clinton Njie putting a cherry on a nine-goal annihilation as he finished coolly from the spot (89', pen.).