French cup : Round of 16 results – Monaco edge Marseille  in seven-goal thriller; Pastore and Cavani strike late to send PSG through

​Avranches (W) 1 – 1 Strasbourg

Niort 0 – 2 Paris Saint  Germain

Quevilly 1 – 2 Guingamp

Marseille 3 – 4 Monaco

  • Niort 0 – 2 Paris Saint  Germain

Substitute Javier Pastore scored an opportunist late goal and then set up Edinson Cavani as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at second-tier Niort.

With 12 minutes remaining, Pastore reacted quickly to slide in Christopher Nkunku’s whipped free kick from the right.

After Niort’s goalkeeper Artur Desmas went close to equalizing in injury time following a corner, there was just enough time for Pastore to break down the left wing and set up Cavani’s 36th of a prolific season.

It was Pastore’s first goal and followed his impressive performance in a 5-1 win away to Marseille on Sunday night.

PSG are chasing a third straight domestic Treble while Niort is in 12th place in the second tier and had lost three out of their previous four games. But driving rain, plus a slippery and muddy pitch, reduced the obvious gap in playing ability in a scrappy match where players regularly lost their footing.

Portuguese winger Goncalo Guedes made his first PSG appearance since joining from Benfica in January, while 19-year-old forward Jean-Kevin Augustin — a product of the club’s youth academy — got a rare start.

Guedes, who reportedly cost €30 million, smacked the first chance of his PSG career way over the crossbar in the 30th minute.

  • Marseille 3 – 4 Monaco

Monaco took their season tally to an astonishing 117 goals, beating Marseille 4-3 away on Wednesday in a pulsating match to reach the Coupe de France quarterfinals and remain on course for a domestic treble.

Monaco top the French league ahead of PSG and they meet in the League Cup final next month. Both are still involved in the Champions League in one of the most exciting seasons in French football for many years.

That the match in Marseille went to extra time was a credit to the home side’s tenacity, especially after the 5-1 drubbing by PSG on Sunday night.

Marseille twice came from behind to force extra time and equalized again in extra time.

But Monaco’s razor-sharp attack shredded Marseille on the counter, making it the 13th time this season Monaco has scored at least four goals in one game. Monaco beat Marseille 4-0 at home and 4-1 away in the league.

Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe further underlined his reputation as one of the rising stars of European football with a fine finish and an unselfish assist. The 18-year-old forward was also involved in the build-up for the winner, scored by midfielder Thomas Lemar, and tormented Marseille’s defense with his electric speed and sudden changes of direction.

Monaco’s first came in the 19th minute, when Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho’s free kick hit the post and then bounced back off goalkeeper Yohann Pele.

Moments before half-time, Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet swiveled to meet winger Florian Thauvin’s cross from the left with a superb half-volley.

Mbappe, recently impressive against Manchester City in the Champions League, scored his 13th goal of the season midway through the second half. He timed his run to the front post perfectly, and then used a subtle touch to flick left-back Benjamin Mendy’s cross into the right corner.

However, Marseille winger Remy Cabella made it 2-2 with six minutes left, tucking away a pass from Japan right back Hiroki Sakai.

Monaco’s third started deep inside its own half and ended with Mbappe bursting through from halfway before unselfishly squaring for Mendy. But poor defending gifted Cabella his second goal of the night.

Lemar thumped home the winner from Mendy’s pass with seven minutes left in extra time.

  • Quevilly 1 – 2 Guingamp

First division Guingamp reached the last eight after winning 2-1 away to third-tier side Quevilly-Rouen.

The top-flight side were given a real scare by their third-tier hosts, who tore into Antoine Kombouaré’s men from the off and were awarded a penalty early in the second half.

The spot-kick smashed off the crossbar (49′) and Guingamp exploited their luck, taking the tie away from their Norman opponents in the space of two minutes in which Alexandre Mendy (59′) and Nill De Pauw (61′) both found the net.

Pierre Vignaud pulled one back with a cleverly executed free-kick in added time (90 2′), but could not prevent the Ligue 1 side progressing.

  • ​Avranches (W) 1 – 1 Strasbourg

Avranches defeated Strasbourg 6 – 5 on penalty.

The game ended 1 – 1 after extra-time. 

Avranches took the lead three  minutes into the second half through Christophe Mayulu.

But Vincent Gragnic restored parity in stoppage time to force the game to extra-time.

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