February 6, 2023

As the Ligue 1 giants thrashed amateur minnows Pays de Cassel 7-0 in the French Cup on Monday, Kylian Mbappe became the first PSG player to score five goals in a single game.

Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in France’s World Cup final loss to Argentina little over a month ago, scored a first half hat-trick in this match, giving PSG a 4-0 halftime lead over their opponents from the regional league.

He scored two more after the break, with PSG’s other goals coming from Neymar and Carlos Soler.

Mbappe was given the captain’s armband while Neymar also started. However, Lionel Messi was rested, allowed to sit out this tie played before a full house at the 38,000-seat Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

Pays de Cassel are a tiny club representing a handful of villages inland from the port town of Dunkirk in France’s far north, but their remarkable run to this stage of the tournament stoked the interest of the whole region.

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They performed admirably in the early stages against the Ligue 1 leaders, but their resistance was broken just before the half-hour mark when Mbappe turned in a Nuno Mendes cutback, the ball taking a crucial deflection on its way in.

The Qatar-owned club, who have won the French Cup 14 times, more than any other team, will now play away to bitter rivals Marseille in the last 16 early next month.

The match is scheduled for the week beginning February 6, just a week before PSG host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

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