Pays de Cassel 0-7 Paris Saint-Germain: Player ratings as Mbappe plunders five as PSG blow minnows away


Kylian Mbappe became the first Paris Saint-Germain player to score five goals in a match as his side eased into the last 16 of the Coupe de France with a 7-0 win over sixth-tier Pays de Cassel on Monday.

Pays de Cassel, the lowest-placed side remaining in the competition, looked unfazed at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis – the home of Lens – but unsurprisingly, PSG’s immense quality shone through early on.

The Ligue 1 leaders raced into an unassailable 4-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half, with Mbappe scoring three goals to set up Neymar.

Mbappe continued his brutal half-time display with several close-range goals either side of Carlos Soler’s cheeky finish.

Pays de Cassel gave a good account of themselves early on, stringing together some intricate transition moves that drew huge cheers around their home away from home.

But PSG’s breakthrough finally came in the 29th minute when Mbappe met Nuno Mendes’ cut-back and found the net with a wide deflection.

He then released Neymar to make it 2-0, the Brazilian dazzling the defense with his quick feet before firing a left-footed shot through the legs of goalkeeper Romain Samson.

Samson could only watch as Mbappe completed his hat-trick with a pair of sumptuous chips before half-time.

But 10 minutes into the second half, the goalkeeper was at fault, completely missing Neymar’s pass and allowing Mbappe to tap in.

Another fine piece of work from Neymar just after the hour mark saw Soler pounced over the line from a few yards out.

Soler was involved again 11 minutes from time as Mbappe completed the scoring with another poaching effort from the Spaniard’s cross.

PSG player ratings (4-3-1-2)

Mbappe was a cut above the rest
Mbappe was a cut above the rest / FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/GettyImages

GK: Keylor Navas (7); RB: Timothee Pembele (7); CB: Sergio Ramos (7); CB: Danilo Pereira (8); LB: Nuno Mendes (8); CM: Vitinha (9); CM: Renato Sanches (7); CM: Carlos Soler (9); AM: Neymar (10); ST: Hugo Ekitike (6); ST: Kylian Mbappe (10).

Substitutes: Juan Bernat (7), Achraf Hakimi (7), Fabian (7), Ismael Gharbi (7), El Chadaille Bitshiabu (7)

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