Di Maria sparkles as PSG retain League Cup

Argentine Angel Di Maria was in fine form against Monaco in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 victory to win the French League Cup.

Angel Di Maria (right) celebrates next to Roberto Edinson Cavani, after he scored a goal against Monaco during their League Cup final.   -  AP

Angel Di Maria scored one goal and set up two more as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-1 on Saturday to lift the French League Cup for the fourth successive season.

Julian Draxler fired PSG ahead with just four minutes played in the final in Lyon, but Thomas Lemar levelled for Monaco before the half hour.

Argentine international Di Maria restored the lead for Unai Emery's side a minute before half-time and Edinson Cavani sealed a record seventh title for PSG with a clinical second-half brace.

After the shock of its Champions League last 16 collapse against Barcelona in the second leg, a third meeting with Ligue 1 leader Monaco this season presented an opportunity for redemption for PSG.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao failed to shake off a nagging hip injury that has sidelined the Colombian since March 11, but Thiago Motta returned to the PSG line-up for his first start in six weeks.

PSG has dominated the competition in recent seasons -- Monaco's last major trophy came when it won the 2003 final -- and the holder stormed into an early lead albeit in controversial circumstances.

Marco Verratti slipped Di Maria in behind the defence, with the Argentine electing to unselfishly slide the ball across for Draxler to tap home.

Replays showed the Germany international was marginally offside, although unlike in Tuesday's international between France and Spain where a video assistant referee was used in the country for the first time, there was no such help available at Parc OL.

Monaco shrugged off that setback as Lemar replied with a fine equaliser on 27 minutes.

Bernardo Silva's chipped pass found Djibril Sidibe inside the area and the France full-back laid the ball back for Lemar to expertly sweep home from the edge of the box.

Cavani thought he had put PSG back in front as he reacted quickest to Thiago Silva's towering back-post header, but the Uruguayan's goal-bound flick was superbly kept out by Danijel Subasic before the Croat smothered the rebound.

However there was nothing the Monaco keeper could do as Di Maria stabbed low into the corner with half-time approaching after Draxler displayed remarkable balance to feed the unmarked Argentine.

Joao Moutinho fizzed a shot just over the crossbar following the interval, but PSG landed the fatal blow on 54 minutes as Cavani hammered past Subasic after a sublime floated cross from Verratti.

Benjamin Mendy went close to halving the deficit with a stinging effort, but Cavani should have netted his second and sealed the outcome when he steered wide from Di Maria's delivery from the left.

Substitute Irvin Cardona flashed a header just wide of Kevin Trapp's left-hand post, while Subasic dived at full-stretch to palm away a Di Maria effort with the outside of the boot.

But the Argentine combined with Cavani in the final minute to add a fourth for PSG as the Uruguayan powered home Di Maria's cross from close range to cap a convincing triumph.

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