PSG strolls past Dijon into French Cup semis

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

Neymar, who was not part of the game, is in doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last-16 first leg at Borussia Dortmund, according to head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Thiago Silva required just five minutes into the second half to offer PSG the cushion of a 2-0 lead before Pablo Sarabai scored the first of his two goals, heading successfully a pass from Mbappe.

"I can't say that he will be 100% to play against Borussia Dortmund", Tuchel said after the 6-1 French Cup quarter-final hammering of Dijon.

But he seized his opportunity, sprinting down the wing and hitting a firm cross toward striker Edinson Cavani that was turned into his own net by Dijon defender Wesley Lautoa.

"We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can't risk his fitness".

"The risk was too great to take him for this game, even if it will decrease every day".

It was the second remarkable own goal in a week to be scored for PSG, who also saw Lyon's Fernando Marcal slam a stunning effort past his own goalkeeper at the weekend.

PSG lost last year's final on penalties to Rennes but won the four previous titles and are again within striking distance of the trophy. "We were also very focused, and battled for second balls", Tuchel said. "We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubts, we won't take risks". We were very focused for 90 minutes with a lot of quality.

Midfielder Houssem Aouar's clinical strike in the 81st minute ensured that League Cup finalist Lyon stayed on course for a double.

Lyon and PSG join Stade Rennais in the semifinals, while Saint-Etienne face amateur fourth-division side Epinal in the last quarterfinal on Thursday.

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