Angel Di Maria 'tricks Sochaux

Updated: Feb 07, 2018, 22:42 IST | AFP

Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 last night to reach the French Cup quarter-finals

PSG's Angel Di Maria (top) celebrates a goal with teammate Presnel Kimpembe during the French Cup match against Sochaux in Montbeliard, Eastern France last night. Pic/ AFPPSG's Angel Di Maria (top) celebrates a goal with teammate Presnel Kimpembe during the French Cup match against Sochaux in Montbeliard, Eastern France last night. Pic/AFP

Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 last night to reach the French Cup quarter-finals.

The Argentine winger headed PSG, who were playing without the rested Neymar, ahead inside the first minute at the Stade Bonal in eastern France, but twice former winners Sochaux levelled through Florian Martin before the quarter hour.

Cavani scores one
Edinson Cavani restored the lead for Unai Emery’s team on 27 minutes when he turned in a Layvin Kurzawa cross at the far post, and Thiago Silva then rattled the crossbar with a header from a corner.

Di Maria added a third just prior to the hour with a composed finish after he was released in behind the home defence by a pass from Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.

He completed his hat-trick just three minutes later by forcing home a rebound from close range after Sochaux goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi parried a fierce shot from Cavani.

Dani Alves finished the game in goal for PSG after Kevin Trapp was sent off in the closing stages for a foul outside his area on Sochaux striker Thomas Robinet.

Marseille win 9-0
Meanwhile, Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos scored hat-tricks as Marseille crushed a hapless Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0.

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