Paris St-Germain 6-1 Saint-Etienne: Mauro Icardi scores hat-trick

Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Paris St-Germain reached the French League Cup semi-finals with 6-1 thrashing of 10-man Saint-Etienne.

Inter Milan loanee Icardi opening the score with two minutes in, Wesley Fofana has sent off after 31 minutes.

Neymar’s dink and a Jessy Moulin’s own goal made it 3-0 at half-time.

Icardi hit two more and Kylian Mbappe made it 6-0 before Yohan Cabaye headed a consolation after his penalty saved.

Saint-Etienne, managed by former Southampton and Leicester boss Claude Puel, was as lively as PSG before the red card effectively killed the game, with Fofana sent off for a second bookable offense after a trip on Angel di Maria.

Just eight minutes after Puel’s side went down to 10 men. Neymar’s clever finish doubled PSG’s lead before Di Maria’s cross went in via ricochets off two defenders. The posts and then the legs of the unfortunate Moulin.

The second half was a one-sided affair. This is because Mbappe was twice the provider for Icardi. Mbappe has scored 17 goals in 19 games since joining the eight-time League Cup winners.

Icardi returns the favor as his cross was turned in at the back post by his sliding Mbappe for his 19th goal of the season.

Di Maria gave away a needless penalty for a shove on Charles Abi with Cabaye seeing his effort saved by Sergio Rico, low down to his right, before the midfielder headed home the rebound. Stade Reims, Lyon, and Lille joined PSG in the last four.