Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from falling behind to reach the Coupe de France last with a 5-1 triumph over 10-man Lyon.
Thomas Tuchel’s side stay on course for a clean sweep of domestic trophies after prevailing in a dress rehearsal for subsequent month’s Coupe de la Ligue final in the French capital.
Mbappe was the star turn but the sport was once closely fought till turning on a handball through Marcal, leading to a 2nd booking for the Lyon defender and a penalty for their opponents.
Neymar coolly converted to make it 2-1, leading to the Brazilian being the target for objects thrown from the stands, and from then on PSG cut free towards 10 men, giving the final score a lopsided look to it.
Mbappe finished a solo run with the aid of flashing a shot beyond Anthony Lopes and then tapped home Neymar’s cross at the 2nd attempt to complete his treble in added time, with his late double sandwiching a goal from Pablo Sarabia.
Buoyed by back-to-back domestic wins over
Juventus and rivals Saint-Etienne , Lyon had stood toe-to-toe when at full strength, which include claiming an early lead when Martin Terrier swept home Karl Toko Ekambi’s low cross.
Yet their advantage lasted much less than three minutes, Mbappe offering the finishing touch at the back post from close range after Layvin Kurzawa had flicked on Sarabia’s corner. The defender’s aid for the equaliser got here at a private cost, though, as he suffered a cut in a conflict of heads.
Having finished impressively until now in proceedings, Terrier failed to show such composure when a dummy from Moussa Dembele put him in the clear, poking a tame effort straight at Keylor Navas.
Edinson Cavani had a goal successfully dominated out for offside and also struck the post before the end of the first half, even though Lyon were the team in the ascendency till Marcal’s indiscretion, with the penalty awarded after a VAR check.
PSG’s triumph means they may well get the chance for revenge against Rennes, the team who denied them the trophy last season. The holders are at Saint-Etienne in the 2nd semi-final on Thursday.