Kylian Mbappe became the first player in Paris Saint-Germain history to score five goals in a single game, as the Ligue 1 champions defeated Pays de Cassel.
PSG defeated the amateur side 7-0 in the Coupe de France last 32 on Monday evening, thanks to Mbappe’s five goals. For the first time since arriving at the Parc des Princes for the tip to Cassel, the French superstar had been named captain.
He duly delivered a performance that marked a watershed moment in his career, propelling PSG into the last 16. They are attempting to win France’s premier cup competition for the first time since 2021 this year and put on a show at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
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Mbappe opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he fired in low to the bottom right corner from inside the box. Neymar doubled the visitors’ lead four minutes later, shooting high into the net from inside the six-yard box.
Mbappe laid on the assist for that goal and moments later he added his second of the evening. This time, he fired past Cassel keeper Romain Samson after being played in by Danilo Pereira.
The PSG skipper completed a first-half hat-trick five minutes before the break when he again fired into the bottom right corner. It took him just 11 minutes of the second half to grab his fourth of the net, with Neymar setting him up to score from close-range.
The Brazilian secured his second assist of the evening eight minutes later, setting up Carlos Soler to fire in. The midfielder turned provider himself late on, crossing in for Mbappe to score with a left-footed shot.
PSG will face bitter rivals Marseille in the last 16, with that game to be played in the week commencing 8 February. After breaking yet another record, Mbappe hailed his side for remaining professional despite their lowly opposition.
“We’re happy, we came here to qualify, to respect this team and that’s what we did today. It’s a football match, we’re going to prepare for it. We first think of the match against Reims. Afterwards, we will see for the match against Marseille,” he told beIN Sports.
Becoming the club’s first player to score five goals in one game is the latest PSG record Mbappe has broken. He has already become their record goalscorer in the European Cup and Champions League.
The 23-year-old is also the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer when only looking at the latter competitions. And he is now just four goals away from matching Edinson Cavani’s record for the most strikes for the club, having already racked up a breathtaking 196 goals.