Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura pave way for PSG past Lyon
Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain are into the Coupe de France quarterfinals after a flattering 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Laurent Blanc's men were second best for much of the first half and the second 45 looked like it was going to be much the same story until Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring after 63 minutes thanks to a fantastic Lucas Moura assist.
The Sweden international completed a quick-fire double, with the Brazilian involved again, before being substituted. Adrien Rabiot rounded off the scoring with an offside finish -- his second controversial goal against OL in as many games -- from a low Maxwell cross.
Although the 3-0 final score did not accurately reflect the full match, Les Parisiens took advantage of a tired Lyon side in the closing stages. Had Bruno Genesio's men made one of their early chances count when PSG were struggling, the outcome of the encounter would probably have been entirely different.
Instead, the capital club progress and have now beaten Les Gones at least once in each domestic competition so far this season. Familiar foes AS Saint-Etienne await in the last eight.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Salvatore Sirigu, 7 -- It was another impressive performance from the Italy international, who continues to do what he can to put starting goalkeeper Kevin Trapp under pressure. The 29-year-old produced a magnificent diving save in the first half to keep a Maxwel Cornet effort out and was solid for the rest of the game.
DF Serge Aurier, 7 -- Although Gregory van der Wiel's continued absence means the Ivory Coast international is suffering from a gruelling schedule, the African showed no signs of fatigue here. The 23-year-old's simple low ball in for Ibrahimovic provided the super Swede with his second goal.
DF Marquinhos, 6 -- Preferred to the insubordinate David Luiz alongside captain Thiago Silva, the 21-year-old did not put a foot wrong and looked settled in tandem with the senior Brazilian.
DF Thiago Silva, 7 -- Although he did not have to be outstanding, the skipper was still a rock at the heart of the defence. The 31-year-old made some important headers and interceptions, while his impeccable organisational skills kept the PSG back line tight.
DF Maxwell, 7 -- Chosen ahead of Layvin Kurzawa, with next week's UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea no doubt in mind and with Lille OSC in Ligue 1 to come, the veteran Brazilian was impressive. The 34-year-old was a constant menace to ex-PSG teammate Christophe Jallet at right-back for Lyon and it was the South American's low cross that provided Rabiot's late third goal.
MF Thiago Motta, 5 -- Once again a shadow of his usual dominant self without the injured Marco Verratti alongside him, the Italian took a backseat for the match.
MF Benjamin Stambouli, 6 -- One of the Frenchman's more impressive displays. The 25-year-old was all-action in his approach and even got involved going forward a few times. Encouraging from a player who has often struggled this term.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- Aside from his goal, it was a rather average outing for Rabiot. The France under-21 international took his finish well, putting it in off the post, but there was no question that he was offside. Otherwise did little and was outshone by Stambouli's tenacity.
FW Lucas Moura, 8 -- A well-timed strong showing from the Brazil international ahead of the Chelsea encounter. The 23-year-old's pace was a constant headache for Lyon and he played a role in both goals. Moura utilised his searing speed to set up Ibrahimovic's opener with a delightful cross, before playing Aurier into space to cross for Ibrahimovic's second minutes later.
FW Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 8 -- The super Swede scored with two relatively easy finishes -- the first was an improvised diving chest effort. However, the 34-year-old also made some excellent passes as he indulged his playmaking tendencies.
FW Edinson Cavani, 4 -- After an encouraging performance in the recent 3-1 win over FC Lorient, the Uruguay international's momentum has stalled after this poor display. El Matador was gifted a few chances and missed one particularly good one in the first half after Moura had played him in.
FW Angel Di Maria, 6 -- Brought on for Ibrahimovic after 70 minutes, the Argentina international had a limited amount of time to make an impact. Moura hit the post from one of El Fideo's dangerous crosses, with the PSG No. 11 no doubt keeping warm for the visit of Chelsea.
MF David Luiz, NR -- The Brazilian replaced Motta after 76 minutes and played in defensive midfield and then central defence as Blanc rejigged his team late on. A yellow card in those 14 minutes on the pitch capped a disappointing start to the week for Luiz.
MF Blaise Matuidi, NR -- Thrown on for the final six minutes to give Aurier a much needed breather, the France international slotted into the midfield -- moving Luiz into central defence and Marquinhos to right-back -- and even had time to make a few useful tackles.
Jonathan Johnson is based in Paris and the voice of PSG TV. He also writes for French Football Weekly. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.