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Mbappe hits treble as PSG stroll into French Cup last 16

With several regular starters absent, PSG
manager Mauricio Pochettino fielded a makeshift side which dominated
throughout, although they played at walking pace for much of the contest.

Home goalkeeper Clement Petrel denied Ander
Herrera and Georginio Wijnaldum with fine saves before central defender
Kimpembe fired the visitors ahead with a diving header from close range in the
28th minute.

Mbappe, who had a quiet first half, doubled
the lead in the 59th after he raced clear of his markers from Kimpembe’s pass
and beat Petrel, with the keeper unlucky not to keep the ball out after getting
his body to it.

There was nothing fortunate about Mbappe’s
71st-minute strike, however, as he unleashed a first-time thunderbolt into the
top corner from the edge of the penalty area after good work by 18-year-old
Xavi Simons.

Mbappe completed his hat-trick five minutes
later with a simple close-range tap-in into an empty net after a one-two with
substitute Eric Ebimbe.

Edouard Michut, another 18-year-old prospect
given the nod by Pochettino, rattled the crossbar before Petrel pulled off
another good save to deny Ebimbe in the closing stages.

The home side missed a gilt-edged chance to
grab a consolation in stoppage time as PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tipped
away Jordan Henry’s shot at the back post from point blank range.

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