Kylian Mbappé Became the first Paris Saint-Germain player to score five times in a game as the Ligue 1 giants thrashed sixth-tier amateur minnows Pays de Castle 7-0 in the French Cup on Monday. Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s World Cup final loss to France just over a month ago, scored a first-half hat-trick here as PSG led 4-0 at the break against their regional league opponents. He struck out twice more after the restart Neymar And Carlos Soler scored PSG’s other goal in the last-32 tie.
The Qatari-owned club, who have won the French Cup 14 times, more than any other team, will now play bitter rivals Marseille in the last 16 early next month.
That match is scheduled for the week starting February 6, just a week before PSG host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
“Once we scored the first goal it was difficult for our opponents,” PSG boss Christophe Gaultier told reporters.
“The opponents we face next week are of a different standard,” he added.
Neymar also started when Mbappe was given the captain’s armband Lionel Messi Rested, the tie, played in front of a full house at Lens’ 38,000-seat Stade Boulart-Delis, was allowed to sit.
Pays de Castle is a small club representing a few villages inland from the port city of Dunkirk in the north of France, but their remarkable run at this stage of the tournament has piqued the interest of the entire region.
They put in a commendable early performance against the Ligue 1 leaders, but their resistance was broken just before the half-hour mark when Mbappe turned a Nuno Mendes cutback, the ball taking a crucial deflection on the way in.
Mbappe then set up Neymar for the Brazilian to score his first goal since the World Cup, before the France star scored his side’s third and completed his hat-trick 12 minutes later. Bitinha pass
Mbappe’s fourth, and PSG’s fifth, followed a goalkeeping error in the 56th minute.
Neymar set up Soler to backheel before Mbappe completed the rout, his fifth of the game allowing him to equal the all-time record for most goals in the French Cup.
He has now scored 29 times in the competition, the same as the former Marseille great Gene-Pierre Papin.
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