Kylian Mbappe opens 2022 in style with a 17-MINUTE hat-trick for PSG in 4-0 victory over Vannes to progress to the last 16 of the Coupe de France
- Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the last-16 of the Coupe de France on Monday
- Presnel Kimpembe opened the scoring against fourth-tier French side Vannes
- Kylian Mbappe netted a second-half 17-minute hat-trick to secure the victory
Holders Paris St Germain eased into the last 16 of the Coupe de France after a second-half hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe following Presnel Kimpembe’s opener gave them a 4-0 win at fourth-tier Vannes on Monday.
With several regular starters absent, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino fielded a makeshift side which dominated throughout, although they played at walking pace for much of the contest.
Vannes keeper Clement Petrel denied Ander Herrera and Georginio Wijnaldum with fine saves before central defender Kimpembe fired the visitors ahead with a diving header from close range in the 28th minute.
Kylian Mbappe netted a hat-trick in his first match of 2022 to inspire PSG to a 4-0 victory
The reigning Coupe de France holders progressed to the last 16 after a comfortable victory
Presnel Kimpembe (right) opened the scoring before Mbappe scored a second-half hat-trick
Mbappe, who had a quiet first half, doubled the lead in the 59th after he raced clear of his markers from Kimpembe’s pass and beat Petrel, with the keeper unlucky not to keep the ball out after getting his body to it.
There was nothing fortunate about Mbappe’s 71st-minute strike, however, as he unleashed a first-time thunderbolt into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after good work by 18-year-old Xavi Simons.
Mbappe completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a simple close-range tap-in into an empty net after a one-two with substitute Eric Ebimbe.
Edouard Michut, another 18-year-old prospect given the nod by Pochettino, rattled the crossbar before Petrel pulled off another good save to deny Ebimbe in the closing stages.
The home side missed a gilt-edged chance to grab a consolation in stoppage time as PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tipped away Jordan Henry’s shot at the back post from point blank range.
Mauricio Pochettino played a much changed side but Mbappe inspired them to victory
Mbappe is now in the final six months of his contract with Real Madrid looking to sign him