Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe both scored hat-tricks as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain romped Guingamp 9-0 at the Le Parc des Princes in central Paris.
Brittany-based Guingamp handed PSG a heavy blow in dumping them out in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue earlier this month, but PSG made amends for that defeat as Cavani, Mbappe, Neymar and Thomas Meunier were all amongst the goals in a 9-0 demolishing.
Neymar opened the scoring after a composed touch following a Dani Alves through-ball, which he calmly placed into Guingamp goalkeeper Marc-Aurele Caillard’s net, before assisting his 20-year-old teammate, Mbappe, for PSG’s second.
Félix Eboa Eboa’s error led to Mbappe making it three for PSG on the stroke of half-time, as Cavani snatched the ball away from the Guingamp midfielder before playing in Mbappe, and leaving Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side with a long road back.
A slight goal-scoring drought then beckoned for PSG, with the Red and Blues having to wait around 14 minutes for their fourth. Uruguay striker, Cavani, got off the mark as he slotted a Juan Bernat cross into the top left-hand corner.
More chances followed, with Neymar and centre-back Thiago Silva having shots denied, but Uruguay’s Cavani added to his tally minutes later as he headed home yet another cross from the left-hand side, this time Neymar was the provider, as PSG made it five in Paris.
Neymar slotted his second under Guingamp goalkeeper Calliard to make it six, just after the 60-minute mark, despite video technology being required, following a valiant effort to keep the ball from Guingamp defender Pedro Rebocho.
Thomas Tuchel’s side made it seven, with 15 minutes to spare, as Neymar’s efforts were denied by Calliard, only for Cavani to place the rebound in off the post and convert his hat-trick. The Uruguayan’s strike also took him above the 100 mark in terms of goals at the Le Parc des Princes for Paris Saint-Germain.
Cavani was once again involved, as he set up the eighth on a plate for Mbappe. The Frenchman slotted into an empty net to complete his hat-trick and send PSG just two goals away from double-figures. It was soon nine for the reigning French champions, with Thomas Meunier’s right-footed effort beating Calliard from the edge of the box – just minutes after entering the field of play.
Despite his side netting six-plus for a second time this season and romping Brittany-based Guingamp, PSG boss Tuchel was pessimistic after the game, following Marco Verratti first-half injury – that Tuchel described as ‘not good’.
It’s Strasbourg next up for PSG in the French Cup on Wednesday evening, as they look to make it five Coupe de France titles in five years, while 2014 champions Guingamp travel to Nancy to take on AS Nancy Lorraine.
Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon, Kehrer, Marquinhos, Silva, Bernat, Alves, Verratti, Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel told Canal+ following the final whistle: “I do not think that I have ever seen a 9-0 league win – we put in a very complete performance. Dani’s mentality and energy were exceptional. He can play short, as well as fast, and can also provide assists. Dani can help us in midfield as he has the mentality and bravery to do so.
“I have had no news about Marco’s injury, but that is not good,” added the former Borussia Dortmund boss. “I think that it is serious. Really, it is the worst thing that could have happened to us.
“We have several options in midfield – Marco [Verratti] with Marquinhos, Dani [Alves] with Marco, Dani with Julian [Draxler], or Dani with Marquinhos,” Tuchel added. “However, without Marco, and with Presnel [Kimpembe] still injured, we only have one choice.”