PSG one step away from third successive French Cup trophy

Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco for the second time in a month, romping to a 5-0 victory in the Coupe de France semi-final.

The Uruguayan striker has extended his stay at the Paris des Princes by two years, until 2020, disappointing a host of clubs in England and Europe.

The teams have an even head-to-head balance this season, with Monaco boasting a 3-1 win and a 1-1 draw in the league before Paris got a measure of revenge in the Coupe de la Ligue final at the start of April, winning 4-1 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

With Monaco's focus on maintaining their narrow Ligue 1 lead over PSG - as well as their UEFA Champions League semi-final duties against Juventus - coach Leonardo Jardim played a heavily rotated side in the French capital, with Valère Germain and Andrea Raggi the only players to have featured in at least 10 top-flight games this season.

The rout began in the 26th minute when the Monaco 'keeper spilt a long-range effort and Edinson Cavani's wayward attempt was tapped in by Julian Draxler.

Cavani and Blaise Matuidi's headers went close, before Draxler opened the scoring account for PSG after 26 minutes.

PSG fans must be wondering how many goals Cavani might have plundered had he not spent the previous three seasons camped on the wing to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The hosts almost added third on the stroke of halftime but Blaise Matuidi's strike crashed against the upright.

Two minutes later, Di Maria tore Monaco apart again, bursting into the box and rolling the ball across the face of goal to Matuidi, who stroked it into the net at the far post.

PSG can now think about their May showdown with Angers, who beat Guingamp to reach the final on Tuesday, while also worrying about how to keep Monaco from denying them a fifth-straight title.

  • Julie Sanders