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Neymar strikes as PSG reach League Cup semis

AFP  |  Paris 

scored a second-half penalty as four-time defending champions Paris Saint-Germain toiled before overcoming 10-man 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the French League Cup on Wednesday. PSG were again without leading scorer Edinson Cavani, who also missed Sunday's French Cup rout of Rennes after returning late from his and New Year break in Amiens' hopes of springing an upset were heavily undermined by the dismissal of on 34 minutes for a foul on Kylian Mbappe after charging out of his area. And eventually made the visitors' numerical advantage count by winning and converting a spot-kick eight minutes into the second half at the Stade de la Licorne. Mbappe, earlier denied by a fingertip save from Jean- Christophe Bouet, was then thwarted by a combination of the substitute keeper and the crossbar before firing another effort narrowly wide. Marquinhos also struck the woodwork after connecting with a cross from Giovani Lo Celso, but wrapped up a remarkable 35th consecutive win in domestic cup ties for PSG with a glancing header from an Angel Di Maria corner on 78 minutes. The goal was given following consultation with the video referee (VAR) -- being used for the rest of the competition as a test ahead of its expected arrival in next season -- after failed to award it. "Our team worked hard but we didn't shine like on Sunday, but we also didn't concede chances.

It was easier to win because we played with an extra man," said Unai Emery. PSG will travel to Rennes, who they thrashed 6-1 in the last 64 of the French Cup, in the semi-finals at the end of the month, with set to host Montpellier in the other last-four tie. "All teams prefer to play at home. But we will make another trip to Rennes full of desire to reach the final and win the title," Emery added. scored with four minutes left as Montpellier snatched a 1-0 win at Angers, while struck twice late on as Rennes defeated Toulouse 4-2. became the first side to reach the last four of the competition on Tuesday as goals from and saw Leonardo Jardim's team overcome Cote d'Azur rivals Nice 2-1 at the Riviera.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 10:05 IST
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