Six pack PSG muscle past Saint-Etienne into League Cup semis

Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the League Cup semi-finals on Wednesday ngiht with a six goal destruction of Saint-Etienne. Mauro Icardi was the star of the show with a hat trick and an assist.

 

Icardi, who joined PSG on loan from Inter Milan at the start of the season, opened his account inside two minutes at the Parc des Princes.

Mahdi Camara and Wesley Fofana were shown yellow cards in quick succession as the visitors failed to quell PSG's slick passing patterns.

Five minutes after Mathieu Debuchy became the third Saint Etienne name in referee Clement Turpin's book, Fofana received a second caution and was dismissed.

Revelling in the extra space, Neymar doubled the advantage after 39 minutes and on the stroke of half-time goalkeeper Jessy Moulin scored an own goal

Trying to clear Angel Di Maria's cross into the penalty area, Timothee Kolodziejczak sliced the ball into the legs of teammate Loic Perrin.

Icardi added the fourth just after the restart and completed his hat trick on 57 minutes with a tap in after being set up by Kylian Mbappé.

The Argentine returned the favour for eight minutes later allowing the 21-year-old Frenchman to score his 19th goal of the season.

"I am convinced that Icardi and Mbappe love to play together," said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, whose side have scored at least four goals in their past six matches. "For me, it's not important which system we play but how we play."

Former PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye hit a consolation goal for Saint-Etienne when he headed in the rebound after his second-half penalty was saved by Sergio Rico.

Semi-finalists

Lyon joined PSG in the semis with a 3-1 victory over Brest. Moussa Dembele broke the deadlock on 19 minutes and Houssem Aouar added a second shortly after half-time.

Samuel Grandsir gave Brest hope five minutes from time but Jean Lucas sealed the win with in stoppage time.

Luiz Araujo and Victor Osimhen were on target as Lille overcame Amiens 2-0.

Reims eliminated holders Strasbourg on Tuesday after winning 4-2 on penalties following a goalless draw.