Pau 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 leaders breeze into Coupe de France quarters

By Nicholas McGee 30 January 2020 8
Pau 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 leaders breeze into Coupe de France quarters

Paris Saint-Germain eased into the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a routine 2-0 win at Pau.

Neymar was not named in the squad for the trip to the third-tier side, with Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria left on the bench for the visit to the Stade du Hameau.

However, neither was needed as the Ligue 1 leaders comfortably saw off the Championnat National promotion chasers with a goal in each half.

Leandro Paredes opened the scoring with only his second goal for the club after 25 minutes and Pablo Sarabia made sure of progression eight minutes into the second half.

PSG had not really threatened when Paredes opened the scoring in style.

Mauro Icardi laid Layvin Kurzawa's cross into the path of the Argentina midfielder, who controlled brilliantly before lashing a volley beyond Alexis Guendouz.

Kurzawa then spurned a chance to double the lead as he lashed across the face of goal, but Sarabia made no mistake after the restart.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw his point-blank effort from Mauro Icardi's pull back blocked by Damon Bansais and Sarabia was there to convert on the follow-up.

Pau pushed to try to find a way back into the contest, but a lack of cutting edge in the final third meant an unlikely comeback was never on the cards.


What does it mean? Welcome rest for attacking trio

Icardi played the full 90 minutes, but PSG coach Thomas Tuchel will surely be thrilled at progressing without having to use Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria as his side chase glory on four fronts.

Kurzawa the creator

Former Monaco defender Kurzawa was excellent on the left for PSG. His superb cross set up the first goal and he missed out on finding the net himself by only a matter of inches.

PSG dealt Dagba blow

The only blot on PSG's performance was a knee injury to right-back Colin Dagba, who was forced off in the 70th minute in a possible blow to their defensive depth.

What's next?

PSG, 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, host Montpellier at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

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