PSG brush aside youthful Monaco 5-0 to advance to Coupe de France final
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain brushed aside an inexperienced AS Monaco outfit thanks to goals from Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Safwan Mbae (own goal), Blaise Matuidi and Marquinhos to reach their third consecutive Coupe de France final.
The Cavani hot streak goes on. Just 24 hours after putting pen to paper on a new contract through until 2020, the Uruguay international added another goal -- and an assist -- to take him up to 45 from as many appearances.
Angel Di Maria's continued creativity. The Argentina international has been in excellent form since the start of 2017 and he added two more assists to his tally in his 55-minute outing.
Another win. It might have been a reserve Monaco starting XI, but you can only beat what is put in front of you and PSG did just that with minimal fuss and even managed to preserve the likes of Di Maria, Cavani and Thiago Motta ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to face OGC Nice in Ligue 1.
It was not much of a test. A 5-0 win over the leaders of Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League semifinalists might sound impressive, but the reality is that few of Leonardo Jardim's big stars made the trip and none got near the Parc des Princes pitch.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Unai Emery named a strong starting XI and it was no surprise that they wiped the floor with a youthful and inexperienced Monaco side.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alphonse Areola, 7 -- Took a rare opportunity to impress by making an excellent first-half save from an Abdou Diallo header and produced a couple of useful stops in the second period.
DF Thomas Meunier, 6 -- Was solid enough and never in trouble on the right side of the defence, but Monaco posed few threats going forward.
DF Marquinhos, 6 -- Was beaten in the air by Diallo and saved by Areola, but he made up for that by completing the scoring late on.
DF Thiago Silva, 6 -- Was not required to do too much, but he did make one very good first-half interception to thwart Valere Germain.
DF Maxwell, 7 -- Put in a busy 90-minute performance with a number of good crosses that deserved better finishes.
MF Thiago Motta, 6 -- Was solid but unspectacular in his 64 minutes on the pitch before making way for Adrien Rabiot.
MF Marco Verratti, 6 -- Was not at his controlling best, but he did not have to be. It was a shame that substitute Lucas Moura was unable to volley home a lovely lofted pass late on.
MF Blaise Matuidi, 7 -- Put in an energetic performance, hit the post in the first half and scored the fourth goal from a Di Maria assist.
FW Angel Di Maria, 7 -- Added two more assists -- one for Cavani and one for Matuidi -- but he could have had more if the finishing on the other end of his passes and crosses had been sharper. Moura replaced him with 35 minutes to go.
FW Edinson Cavani, 7 -- Scored one and laid on another. Apart from that, had a first-half penalty shout turned down and should have scored at least one of two early headed chances. Goncalo Guedes relieved him after 69 minutes.
FW Julian Draxler, 6 -- Despite his opening goal, it was a relatively quiet night for the Germany international. Almost teed Di Maria up for a first-half strike but aside from his easy finish, he was rarely seen.
FW Lucas Moura, 4 -- Had a few chances to score after coming on for Di Maria after 55 minutes, but wasted all of his opportunities by making poor decisions.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- Was solid enough without needing to be more than that as he continues to recover from injury.
FW Goncalo Guedes, 5 -- Was not really involved in his 21 minutes on the pitch and considering Emery knew Jardim would field a second, arguably third-string side, could have been given a rare start in his preferred wide role.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.