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Kylian Mbappe on target as PSG hit Dijon for six – but Neymar remains big doubt for Champions League clash

Tuchel's side ease into French Cup semi-finals without Brazilian attacker, who could miss their last-16 first-leg match against Dortmund next week

Kylian Mbappe was on target again as Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the semi-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday after thumping Dijon 6-1.

The victory means Thomas Tuchel's side are now 22 matches unbeaten in all competitions, although they were once again grateful for some comical defending for their latest win.

Forward Neymar was still missing due to a rib injury and Tuchel admitted the Brazilian could miss next week's Champions League last 16 game against Borussia Dortmund.

"I cannot say 100 per cent that he will be able to play against Dortmund," Tuchel said.

"I don't know. We will discuss and decide on Friday, as late as possible if he can play on Saturday against Amiens. We cannot risk his health.

"The risk was too great to take him for this game, even if it will decrease every day."

On Wednesday night, Dijon held out for a full 47 seconds after kick-off until Wesley Lautoa managed to turn Mitchel Bakker's low cross into his own net to the bemusement of his teammates.

It was the second remarkable own goal in a week to be scored for PSG, who also saw Lyon's Fernando Marcal slam a stunning effort past his own goalkeeper at the weekend.

However, the hosts managed to pull level in the 13th minute thanks to a low curling effort from Mounir Chouiar, which squeezed past Kaylor Navas.

PSG left with Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench and had Neymar missing, but still had Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, who was making his first start in over a month after nearly moving to Atletico Madrid in January, in their starting line-up.

The Uruguayan was prevented from ghabbing his 200th goal for the club in the 21st minute when he turned home Thomas Meunier's cross, only for the strike to be ruled out for handball by the Belgian after a VAR check.

Mbappe put PSG – who lost last year's final on penalties to Rennes but won the four previous titles – ahead a minute before the break, punishing Jhonder Cadiz's miss when clean through seconds before by clinically slotting home a similar chance.

Thiago Silva added a third four minutes after the break with a header from a corner before Pablo Sarabia ended Dijon's resistance by pushing home his 11th of the season on the rebound.

Senou Coulibaly watched on in horror with five minutes left when Mbappe's cross looped off his thigh over helpless stopper Runar Alex Runarsson, before Sarabia tapped home his second in stoppage time from another Mbappe centre.

“I am very satisfied," said Tuchel. " We produced a very strong performance. It is super difficult to win at Dijon. We were very focused for 90 minutes with a lot of quality. We showed our quality in all areas.”

In the French Cup's other ties, Lyon coach Rudi Garcia knocked his former side Marseille out as Houssem Aouar scored an 81st minute winner.

Rennes reached the last four with a 3-0 win at fourth division side ASM Belfort on Tuesday, while Lyon beat Marseille 1-0.

SAS Espinal, also of the fourth tier, host Saint-Etienne in the final quarter final on Thursday.

Updated: February 13, 2020 09:34 AM

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