Sixth-tier minnows pay big penalty as PSG cruise in French Cup

PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) rested superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe before defeating sixth-tier Linas-Montlhery 6-0 in the French Cup last Sunday as the amateur side were left to rue a missed penalty when trailing just 1-0.

The part-timers, whose budget is 2,000-times smaller than the Qatari-backed Parisian giants, trailed to a goal on the half-hour by teenager Adil Aouchiche.

However, they were then awarded a penalty after Colin Dagba brought down Issa Cisse.

Up stepped Idrissa Kanoute but his tame spot kick was well-saved by Sergio Rico in the PSG goal.

Less than a minute later, Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani, named captain for the match, tucked away PSG’s second and the game was up.

Cavani, starting a game for the first time in two months, added his second just on the hour mark before Pablo Sarabia (63rd and 70th minutes) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (87th) completed the rout.

“We played seriously and with humility,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

“We deserved to win, it was a good match for the team and the club and a good start to 2020.”

Tuchel was also full of praise for Cavani who has been linked with a winter transfer window move to Atletico Madrid in Spain.

“’Edi’ is there to score, that’s what we ask him to do. This will give him confidence, that’s the best thing.”

Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille needed penalties to win away to fourth-tier Trelissac in their last 64 tie.