Champions Paris Saint-Germain glided into the Coupe de France round of 16 as a hat trick courtesy of Kylian Mbappe in the second half, in addition to a goal from Presnel Kimpembe, powered them to a 4-0 victory against fourth-tier Vannes on Monday.
The PSG manager selected a patchwork team due to the unavailability of numerous veteran players, and his team was superior throughout, even though they played at a diminishing rate for much of the game.
Ander Herrera and Georginio Wijnaldum were blocked by home goalkeeper Clement Petrel with outstanding saves before Kimpembe put the visitors ahead with a fantastic header from short range in the 28th minute.
In the 59th minute, Mbappe extended the advantage after racing away from his opponents after receiving a pass from Kimpembe and beating Petrel, who was unfortunate not to save the ball despite getting his body to it. Mbappe, who had a quiet first half, had a quiet second half.
Mbappe’s 71st-minute strike, though was everything but fortunate, as he blasted a first-time rocket into the top corner from the outside of the penalty area following an exceptional performance by 18-year-old Xavi Simons.
Five minutes later, following a one-two with replacement Eric Ebimbe, Mbappe secured his hat trick with an easy close-range tap-in into an empty net.
The crossbar was rocked by Edouard Michut, another 18-year-old prospect who had been given the go-ahead by Pochettino before Petrel made another excellent stop to thwart Ebimbe in the final moments.
Jordan Henry’s strike at the back post from point-blank distance was deflected away by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in stoppage time, depriving the hosts of a priceless opportunity to earn a consolation goal.