Kylian Mbappe scored FIVE goals in a 7-0 win against sixth tier French minnows Pays de Cassel, whose captain is a Paris Saint-Germain ultra who feared injuring the France star.
Pays de Cassel, an amateur side from a village in French Flanders, near the Belgian border, won three ties against regional sides to earn the right to take on the Ligue 1 juggernauts.
Club captain Alexis Zmijak was the man who secured his team a date with the dominant French champions, scoring the winner in the last round.
But incredibly, Zmijak is a PSG ultra and leads the cheers for Christophe Galtier’s side at the Parc des Princes.
He even admitted prior to the game that he was petrified to tackle PSG star man Mbappe, in case he injured the 23-year-old ahead of the club’s Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich next month.
He told Le Parisien: “If Mbappe goes through on goal, do I tackle him or not?
“Do I say to myself: ‘Wait, he has to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League soon’. I have no stress before this game.
“We have nothing to lose, it’s the meeting of a lifetime for us. And for me, personally, it’s great to find myself in this situation.
“I joined the CUP (Collectif Ultras Parisiens) two years ago. I wanted to be among the ultras, because for me, football is lived with passion.
“I want to go all out, not just watch the game. When I go to the Parc, it’s not to go to the presidential gallery.”
Mbappe’s Hatrick Goal 🇫🇷⚽️
Vitinha with the assist! 🇵🇹🎯
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And Mbappe’s health was never at risk… as centre-back Zmijak got nowhere near him for 90 minutes.
Well, except for the half-time interval, when Zmijak’s hero handed him his shirt.
Mbappe, who captained PSG for the first time, made it look easy as he netted a first-half hat-trick.
Neymar got in on the act next, sending the Parisians in at the break 4-0 up.
PSG added three more goals in the second half to run out 7-0 winners.
Mbappe grabbed another two – a goal shy of a double hat-trick – and Carlos Soler got the other.