PSG need extra time to beat third-tier rival in French Cup
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Holders and record 12-time champions Paris St Germain were taken to extra time by third division side Villefranche Beaujolais on Wednesday but reached the French Cup quarter-finals after substitutes Kylian Mbappe, and Edinson Cavani helped them to a 3-0 win.

After starting with a second-string team, the capital side had to rely on Mbappe and Cavani, who had a hand in all three goals, followed a goalless draw after 90 minutes.

Uruguay striker Cavani set up Julian Draxler for the opener in the 102nd minute, while France forward Mbappe gifted the second to Moussa Diaby in the 113th, and tied up the third for Cavani in the 119th.

French Cup match between Villefranche Beaujolais and Paris Saint Germain in Lyon, France, February 6, 2019. /VCG Photo

French Cup match between Villefranche Beaujolais and Paris Saint Germain in Lyon, France, February 6, 2019. /VCG Photo

PSG struggled for long periods at Lyon's Groupama Stadium, and coach Thomas Tuchel was sent off in the 72nd minute when he lost his cool following a foul on midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Mbappe and Cavani started on the bench as Eric Choupo-Moting was fielded up front while midfielder Marco Verratti, who has just returned to training after an ankle injury, was left out of the squad.

Tuchel's side will face Bordeaux at home in the league this weekend before traveling to Old Trafford on February 12 for the first leg of their Champions League tie with Manchester United. 

"It's normal to have the match against Manchester United in one corner of your head even if we're trying to go step by step," said PSG defender Marquinhos.  

"You saw the coach looked to rest some players to best manage the squad. We're thinking about the important dates coming up," Marquinhos added.

PSG will be without Brazilian forward Neymar for both legs of the last-16 clash against United after the world's most expensive player suffered an injury to his right foot last month. 

(With input from Reuters and AFP)

Source(s): Reuters