Nene and Gameiro fire, Pastore hurt
Nene and Kevin Gameiro both scored twice as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain eased into the last 16 of the Coupe de France with a 4-0 win over fifth tier Sablé-sur-Sarthe. But playmaker Javier Pastore went off injured in the first half.
Sablé FC 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
Argentinian international Pastore is expected to be out for a minimum of three weeks after limping off in the 27th minute clutching his left thigh in front of a sell-out 25,000 crowd at Le Mans' MMArena. The game still stood at 0-0 at that stage as PSG perhaps began to think back to their tortuous Round of 64 victory over Locminé, like Sablé a CFA 2 club, by a 2-1 margin.
But in the 36th minute PSG took the lead as Nene converted a penalty he'd won himself. Gameiro, making his first start of the Carlo Ancelotti era, was denied on a couple of occasions by inspirational goalkeeping from Anthony Sybille.
The second goal arrived in the 65th minute, however, as Gameiro finished off a perfect cross from Jérémy Ménez, who had looked to be in an offside position when he received the ball from Nene.
Sablé's resistance had been broken and Gameiro, joint-top club scorer in the league along with Nene on nine, stylishly finished after a Nene pass with just under 20 mùinutes to play.
Guillaume Hoarau, on as a sub for Gameiro, provided the assist for Nene to register a double in stoppage time with a finish from the edge of the box. Nene had also scored twice in the3-1 Ligue 1 at home to Toulouse last weekend.
PSG have won three games from three in all competitions in 2012 and will look to extend that run on Saturday January 28 at Brest in Ligue 1.