PSG, deprived of several players, qualified for the knockout stages of the Coupe de France on Monday evening by going to beat Vannes (0-4), thanks in particular to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé.
Deprived of several executives including Lionel Messi (Covid-19) and Neymar (still injured), Paris took advantage of this trip to Brittany to offer playing time to some young people. Thus, Xavi Simons, Edouard Michut and Colin Dagba were established (El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe then entered the game) alongside Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe.
It is moreover the latter, captain of the evening, who opened the scoring in the 28e minute (his second career goal after that against Manchester United), before the festival of Kylian Mbappé, author of a hat-trick in the rain of La Rabine (59e, 71e, 77e). A hat-trick that allows him to reach the 200 career achievement mark.
200 – Against Vannes tonight, Kylian Mbappé scored the 200th goal of his career (149 with Paris, 27 with Monaco and 24 for the France team). Symbolic. #VOCPSG #CoupeDeFrance pic.twitter.com/SdcBWsjGD5
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 3, 2022
“I’m happy, we were serious, it was not an easy match for us to play but we did what was necessary, and we are happy to come away with the qualification, explained the 2018 world champion with The french team. What can I wish for in 2022? Health, happiness, and lots of titles with PSG and the national team. “
No concern for the PSG which was not disturbed neither by the absences of certain executives, nor by the Breton drizzle, nor by the stealthy overflight of a drone, which caused the one minute interruption of the meeting (26e).
“It’s a good evening, rejoiced Mauricio Pochettino. We must congratulate Vannes because we had fun in this moment. This is football in its finest form. We can be happy with the performance of our very solid team. (…) We made some adjustments with him at half-time, in particular the positioning of the midfielders. It allowed us to be more fluid in the circulation of the ball, and to find depth. (…) I am happy for Edouard (Michut) and all the young people. We have a group of young people who have qualities and who need space to show that they are at the level required to play for PSG. This kind of match is a good experience for them. ”
The Parisians are now waiting patiently to know their opponent for the round of 16 in the draw which will take place Tuesday evening before the last match of these round of 16 of the Coupe de France, Lens-Lille.