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Paris Saint-Germain Dispatch Of EA Guingamp In Coupe De France

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after Adrien Rabiot scored the first goal during the French National Cup match between Paris Saint Germain and Dijon FCO at Parc des Princes on January 24, 2018 in Paris. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain Dispatch Of EA Guingamp In Coupe De France

In a badly needed result for Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisians prevailed over Antoine Kombourare’s EA Guingamp 4-2 at Le Parc des Princes in the Coupe de France Round of 32. Adrien Rabiot (21′), Lucas Deaux on an own goal (25′), Javier Pastore (64′) and Marquinhos (89′) scored for Paris, while Marcus Thuram (33′) and Yeni Ngbakoto (75′) recorded successful penalties for the visitors in a wild goal festival in Paris.

PSG’s 20th consecutive Coupe de France win came as Lassana Diarra was in attendance. Diarra was officially signed to the club on a short-team deal as a stopgap quick fix for Thiago Motta. Paris dominated possession (63 percent to 37 percent) and corners (11 to four), while Guingamp led the way in shots (14 to 10), shots on goal (11 to two), and saves (eight to three).

On the home front, Kylian Mbappe was not available for the contest due to seeing a neurologist this week. Emery also believed that Clement Turpin’s handling of Dani Alves’s dissent should have been handled differently.

“Kylian felt fine in the dressing room after the Lyon game,” said Emery on Tuesday. “He took a heavy blow. The doctor would rather analyse the problem with a neurologist and see if it is dangerous for Kylian to play. He wants to feature, though, he is fired up and feels fine.

“I want players who play with their hearts but also their heads. If you play without one or the other, then it is not good. Dani is an intelligent and experienced player and he plays with a lot of heart. However, he needed some balance in this situation.

“When you know the player, you know that they have this sort of character. Dani has been that way ever since his first few matches. A different referee might have only shown him a yellow card, though — I prefer it when referees can handle and keep control of difficult moments like that.”

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Alves will be unavailable for selection when Paris Saint-Germain host Montpellier HSC on Jan. 27 but should factor in the mix when they travel to Roazhon Park in Rennes on Jan. 30 for the Coupe de La Ligue semifinal against Stade Rennais FC.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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