Icardi hat-trick fires PSG into French Cup semis, Monaco wins

Monaco joined PSG in the last four by winning 2-0 at Lyon, as both maintained a chance to secure a domestic double.football

Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick in PSG's win over Angers. (File Photo)   -  GETTY IMAGES

Mauro Icardi again scored in the final seconds at Parc des Princes, this time completing a hat-trick as title holder Paris Saint-Germain routed Angers 5-0 on Wednesday to reach the French Cup semifinals.

Monaco joined PSG in the last four by winning 2-0 at Lyon, as both maintained a chance to secure a domestic double.

Icardi held off a defender to volley home a high ball dropping into the penalty area, days after heading home in the last seconds of injury time to give PSG a 3-2 home win against Saint-Etienne in the league on Sunday.

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It took his tally to 11 goals in 21 games this season and 31 in 55 since joining PSG two years ago from Serie A club Inter Milan, where he scored 124 in 219 to earn a reputation as one of the best finishers in Europe.

Neymar forced an own goal from defender Vincent Manceau to make it 2-0 midway through the first half where the visitor had several chances.

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After setting up Icardi's first goal in the ninth minute, attacking midfielder Julian Draxler flicked over a pass from the left for Neymar to head home in the 65th minute. Three minutes later, a great piece of skill from Angel Di Maria with a Rabona down the right gave Icardi a close-range goal.

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Referee Stephanie Frappart used a video replay to disallow Lyon forward Maxwell Cornet's goal for offside in the 51st minute.

Just one minute later, Monaco got a penalty when defender Sinaly Diomande caught Fode Ballo-Toure in the head with a high tackle and was sent off.

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Lyon's frustrated players surrounded Frappart, but both decisions stood and Ben Yedder converted the spot kick.

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Tensions were running high between the teams and Monaco coach Niko Kovac sprinted onto the field to break up a brief melee.

Monaco breached Lyon's defense in the 62nd when midfielder Aleksandr Golovin and Ben Yedder set up striker Kevin Volland for a powerful shot under the crossbar.

Fourth-tier Rumilly-Vallieres beat second-division frontrunner Toulouse on Tuesday to reach the last four along with first-division Montpellier, which edged fourth-tier Canet Roussillon 2-1.

The semifinals are scheduled for May 12 with the final at Stade de France on May 19.

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