PSG 3-0 Marseille: Di Maria shines in Coupe de France win

  • Holders Paris St Germain booked place in the semi-finals on Wednesday night
  • Midfielder Di Maria produced a majestic performance capped by two fine goals 
  • It was PSG’s second victory over Marseille in three days after 3-0 league win

David Wood for MailOnline

Angel Di Maria scored twice in three minutes either side of half-time as holders Paris Saint Germain booked their place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.

The French giants revealed just before kick off that Neymar will undergo surgery in Brazil on his fractured foot, ruling him out of next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg tie against Real Madrid.

PSG made eight changes from the side that beat their bitter rivals in the league on Sunday but they were still too strong.

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria produced a majestic performance capped by two fine goals

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria produced a majestic performance capped by two fine goals

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria produced a majestic performance capped by two fine goals

Holders Paris St Germain reached the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Marseille on Wednesday

Holders Paris St Germain reached the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Marseille on Wednesday

Holders Paris St Germain reached the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Marseille on Wednesday

Di Maria’s deflected effort just before the break put the home side ahead in the quarter-final tie on Wednesday night. 

Kylian Mbappe was substituted at half-time after suffering a knock. 

The Argentine doubled his side’s advantage three minutes into the second-half when his side-footed effort was deflected under the hand of the keeper. 

Edinson Cavani sealed victory with a neat finish in the 81st minute.  

Di Maria rifled in the opener on the stroke of half-time and adding the second in 48th minute

Di Maria rifled in the opener on the stroke of half-time and adding the second in 48th minute

Di Maria rifled in the opener on the stroke of half-time and adding the second in 48th minute

Di Maria's playing time this season has been limited by Neymar's performances for PSG

Di Maria's playing time this season has been limited by Neymar's performances for PSG

Di Maria’s playing time this season has been limited by Neymar’s performances for PSG

It was PSG’s second emphatic victory over Marseille in three days after a 3-0 league win on Sunday in which their Brazil forward Neymar suffered a broken that requires surgery and is likely to keep him out for six to eight weeks.

Di Maria, whose playing time this season has been limited by Neymar’s performances, scored both goals with his weaker right foot, rifling in the opener on the stroke of halftime and adding the second in the 48th minute.

Striker Cavani sealed the rout with a thumping finish eight minutes from time after a dazzling move which underlined the home team’s domination, with Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandana sparing the visitors from a heavier defeat. 

PSG suffered another injury blow when Kylian Mbappe was substituted at half-time

PSG suffered another injury blow when Kylian Mbappe was substituted at half-time

PSG suffered another injury blow when Kylian Mbappe was substituted at half-time

Striker Edinson Cavani sealed the rout with a thumping finish eight minutes from time

Striker Edinson Cavani sealed the rout with a thumping finish eight minutes from time

Striker Edinson Cavani sealed the rout with a thumping finish eight minutes from time

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandana spared his side from being thrashed by PSG

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandana spared his side from being thrashed by PSG

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandana spared his side from being thrashed by PSG

PSG manager Unai Emery had earlier suggested there was a ‘small chance’ Neymar may be able to feature in next Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid. But that is no longer the case.

PSG, who trail Real 3-1 after the first leg in Madrid, will sorely miss Neymar who has scored 19 and assisted 13 of their 84 Ligue 1 goals this season.

His absence makes PSG even bigger underdogs against Real but they should have no trouble retaining their domestic crown without him as they currently lead Ligue 1 rivals Monaco by 14 points with 11 games to play. 

 

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