Dijon 1-6 PSG: Mbappe inspires victory to reach French Cup semi-finals


Dijon 1-6 PSG: Kylian Mbappe inspires rout as Thiago Silva and Pablo Sarabia get in on the act to fire Thomas Tuchel’s side into the French Cup semi-finals

  • Paris Saint-Germain took the lead 49 seconds in courtesy of a Dijon own goal
  • Wesley Lautoa turned a cross from Mitchel Bakker into his own net for 1-0
  • Mounir Chouiar levelled soon after when he broke and was not closed down 
  • VAR ruled out an Edinson Cavani strike before Kylian Mbappe scored for 2-1
  • Thiago Silva and Pablo Sarabia added gloss to the victory in the second half 

Paris Saint-Germain took a step closer to exacting revenge on French Cup holders Rennes after brushing struggling Dijon aside with ease to reach the semi-finals. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side were stunned by Rennes on penalties in last year’s final and are keen to set the record straight in 2019-20. 

Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva and Pablo Sarabia, who finished with a brace, got the decisive goals in a 6-1 win after Dijon winger Mounir Chouiar had earlier cancelled out a first-minute own-goal from team-mate Wesley Lautoa. 

Kylian Mbappe played a starring role as PSG reached the semi-finals of the French Cup

Thiago Silva (left) celebrated his goal early in the second half as hosts Dijon were blown away

Pablo Sarabia added gloss to the victory with a fourth goal soon after Silva’s headed finish

Thomas Tuchel’s side showed class as they took a step closer to avenging last year’s final loss

Rennes beat ASM Belfort on Tuesday night to reach the last four and the 2019 finalists are on course to meet once again. 

The Ligue 1 champions were gifted a perfect start to the cup tie when Dijon defender Lautoa got his positioning all wrong for a left-sided cross from Mitchel Bakker. 

Bakker, a 19-year-old Dutch full-back, fizzed in a cross from wide on the left and Lautoa could only divert it into the bottom left corner 49 seconds into the game to put PSG 1-0 up. 

And while Dijon are struggling domestically, sat 17th in Ligue 1 and 36 points behind leaders PSG, they began with a confidence befitting of a superior side and soon took the game to their A-list visitors. 

PSG were ahead in the first minute when Mitchel Bakker (right) saw his cross deflected in

Dijon responded impressively and scored and equalising goal courtesy of Mouni Chouiar

The entire Dijon team came together to celebrate the goal as PSG were momentarily rocked


Dijon XI (4-2-3-1): Alex Runarsson; Chafik, Coulibaly, Lautoa, Mendyl; Amalfitano, N’Dong (Balmont 72); Balde (Benzia 62), Cadiz, Chouiar (Tavares 61); Mavididi

Subs not used: Hatfout, Aguerd, Alphonse, Soumare

Goals: Chouiar (13) 

Manager: Stephane Jobard 

PSG XI (4-2-2-2): Navas; Meunier (Kurzawa 75), Kehrer, Thiago Silva (Bernat 61), Bakker; Herrera (Aouchiche 83), Kouassi; Sarabia, Draxler; Cavani, Mbappe 

Subs not used: Rico, Di Maria, Choupo-Moting, Icardi

Goals: Lautoa OG (1), Mbappe (44), Thiago Silva (50), Sarabia (56), Coulibaly OG (86)

Manager: Thomas Tuchel

Referee: Benoit Bastien

It took 12 minutes after they went behind before they levelled, having exploited a misplaced pass in transition.  

Chouiar was quick to the interception close to the centre circle and he strode forward with purpose in the counter-attack, with PSG’s defence backing off him. 

He backed his own ability, shot from the edge of the area and buried it past Keylor Navas and into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. 

Even with the set-back, and the clean sheet gone, PSG remained favourites with the artillery they had at their disposal. Neymar sat out the trip but both Edinson Cavani and Mbappe kept the home defence busy. 

It was the former who thought he had restored the visitors’ lead when he converted Thomas Meunier’s cross from inside the area on 21 minutes. 

Having scampered off in celebration, the strike was double-checked by VAR and found the initial lofted pass to Meunier was controlled by the hand of the Belgian. The goal was chalked off by referee Benoit Bastien and play went on. 

PSG did manage to get themselves back in front through star man Mbappe, the France international coolly slotting into the corner after finding space from Julian Draxler’s through ball. 

But Mbappe showed why he is one of the best in the world as he made it 2-1 before half-time

Silva (middle) was then on hand to head in after the cross evaded everyone in front of him

Sarabia made a gesture with his hand as he celebrated the fourth, allowing PSG to relax

It was one-way traffic thereafter as Thomas Tuchel urged his side to kill the game early in the second half and they duly obliged. 

Five minutes after the restart Thiago Silva stooped to nod in from a corner and the energy sapped out of the hosts as Sarabia fired home a fourth six minutes later. 

Dijon’s Senou Coulibaly turned into his own net for a miserable fifth late on.

There was still time for Sarabia, teed up unselfishly by Mbappe on a fast break, to get his second in the final moments to ensure PSG joined holders Rennes as the next team in the last four. 

Lyon take on Marseille and Saint-Etienne travel to SAS Epinal in the other quarter-finals.  

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