PSG trump OM again, Strasbourg stunned by Chambly
Angel Di Maria shone as four-time reigning champions PSG booked their place in the Coupe de France semis with a second 3-0 win over Marseille in three days; Strasbourg were handed a shock 1-0 exit by amateurs FC Chambly.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Coupe de France quarter-finals
Parc des Princes, Paris
Paris Saint-Germain 3 - 0 Olympique de Marseille
PSG may not have had Neymar Jr in their line-up - the club announced that the Brazil star will undergo surgery on his injured ankle in Brazil - but Unai Emery's men still managed to double down on identical 3-0 Classique wins within the space of three days, booking a place in the semi-finals in the process.
Angel Di Maria proved in scintillating form just a week out from Paris' crunch UEFA Champions League return leg against Real Madrid, scoring a deserved opener in first-half injury-time as he lashed a deflected shot between Steve Mandanda and his post from the edge of the area (45'+1).
The Argentine superstar added another just after the break, pouncing on a mistake from Aymen Abdennour with a far-post finish (48') and when Edinson Cavani rifled home after a sublime chip from Marco Verratti and a deft nod down from Julian Draxler (81'), the result was beyond doubt.
Stade Pierre-Brisson, Beauvais
Strasbourg crashed out of the Coupe de France on Wednesday night, victims of a 1-0 smash and grab by third-division amateurs FC Chambly, who had Lassana Doucouré's 83rd-minute strike to thank for their place in the semi-finals.
After a 40-minute delay due to electrical problems, Thierry Laurey's Strasbourg had the better of it in the first half, with Idriss Saadi hitting the post (13') and Martin Terrier denied by Xavier Pinoteau (22').
But Chambly held firm and took the upper hand in the second term, Doucouré clinching the win by turning home Anthony Soubervie's low cross with seven minutes to go.