PSG Move One Step further On Their French Cup Title Defense
Fueled by Hatem Ben Arfa’s two goals and one assist, Paris Saint-Germain eased past third-tier Avranches 4-0 in French Cup quarter-finals and moved one step further on their title defense on Wednesday.
PSG’s head coach Unai Emery made eight changes to the starting line-up from last Saturday’s French League Cup final, with attacking trio Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler all resting throughout the game.
PSG were awarded a free-kick in the 35th minute when Lucas Moura tipped the ball to Ben Arfa to score.
With a one-goal advantage in hand, PSG dominated the second half, as they capitalized on Avranches’s leaking defense for two more goals in just a three-minute span.
After playing as an unselfish provider for Ben Arfa to put the ball into an empty net, Lucas himself also beat Avranches goalkeeper in the 56th minute.
Javier Pastore set it at 4-0 on Ben Arfa’s assist with eight minutes remaining.
Earlier on Wednesday, Angers eliminated fellow Ligue 1 side Bordeaux 2-1.
In the semi-finals, PSG will face Ligue 1 leaders Monaco, whom they beat 4-1 in French League Cup final. Angers will fight for the other final spot with Guingamp.
(With Inputs From Xinhua)