Angel Di Maria at the double as PSG beat Marseille


Angel Di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain moved into the Coupe de France semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Marseille at the Parc de Princes.

Di Maria struck in first-half stoppage time and again in the 48th minute, with Edinson Cavani adding an 81st-minute effort, to send defending champions through three days on from them beating Marseille at home by the same score in Ligue 1.

That match had seen them lose Neymar to injury, and his absence – particularly with regard to next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid – is an obvious concern for PSG, but they were comfortable without the 26-year-old as they saw off Marseille once again.

Di Maria had already brought a good save out of Steve Mandanda when he put the hosts in front, collecting a pass from Julian Draxler and taking one touch with his left before firing in with his right from just outside the box.

The Argentinian then doubled the advantage as he connected with a Yuri Berchiche delivery.

Di Maria and Draxler went close to adding a third and Javier Pastore’s header was well saved by Mandanda before Cavani wrapped things up, firing in having been teed up by Draxler.

In the evening’s other game in the Coupe de France, Lassana Doucoure scored a late winner for Chambly in their 1-0 win over top-flight Strasbourg.

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