Paris FC and PSG head the same way in Coupe de France

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Identical scorelines and fortunes then for the clubs from the French capital in the last-64 of the Coupe de France.

The industrial football complex that sports the moniker Paris Saint-Germain won 3-1 at third tier Chateauroux.

Even without the holy troika of Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Stade Gaston Petit, PSG had too much strength and cruised through to the last-32.

"The Coupe de France is an important trophy," said PSG boss Christophe Galtier.

"All the teams in France start out in it and as we are PSG we want to go all the way in it and lift the trophy at the end."

Doing so on 29 April would give PSG a record-extending 14th crown. It would also allow Galtier the chance to win the only domestic cup missing from his trophy cabinet.

Prizes

In 2013, he led Saint-Etienne to the Coupe de la Ligue. Eight years later, he steered Lille to the 2021 Ligue 1 crown and after his Nice side lost the 2022 Coupe de France final to Nantes, Galtier, who was installed as PSG boss soon after, won the 2022 Trophée des Champions - the French Super Cup - with his new charges.

"It was a shame not to win the Coupe de France with Nice," added the 56-year-old Frenchman.

"It is a trophy I'd like to win. I've won it as an assistant coach while I was at Sochaux and then Lyon.

"Sometimes you don't win because you've had bad luck. But it is simply a difficult cup to win."

Paris FC have not enjoyed a fraction of the success as their illustrious neighbours in the competition.


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