The goals flowed freely in the Coupe de France on Tuesday evening as Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille booked their places in the quarterfinals as Ángel Di María and Lucas Ocampos struck hat-tricks for their respective sides.
Di María has been in electrifying form of late and was at the centre of PSG’s 4-1 win over Sochaux at the Stade Bonal to fire the defending champions into the next round.
It took less than a minute for the Argentinian to nod PSG ahead, arriving at the far post unmarked to plant Kylian Mbappe’s cross past Lawrence Ati
The Ligue 2 side equalised soon after but Edinson Cavani reestablished the lead before the break leaving Di María to take the headlines after half time.
Just before the hour mark, El Fideo ran clear to fire in his second and minutes later, Di María completed his hat-trick. Cavani’s initial effort was saved by Ati but the rebound fell to the 29-year-old and he cooly tapped the ball in.
It is Di María’s first hat-trick since a three-goal haul for Benfica against Leixoes in 2010 but it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given his current form. No PSG player has been directly involved in more goals than Di María in 2018 with the Albiceleste regular racking up nine goals and six assists.
And Di María wasn’t alone. Marseille demolished Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0, the club’s biggest win in 70 years to cruise into the quarterfinals and Lucas Ocampos was one of two players to score hat-tricks.
Luis Gustavo and Dimitri Payet already had Marseille two-up when Ocampos tapped in his first on the counter and when Kostas Mitroglou scored twice to make it 5-0 at the break, the question was simply how many Rudi Garcia’s side would score.
Ocampos fired his second just after the restart and then headed in Payet’s cross to complete his hat-trick after 71 minutes.
Mitroglou and Clinton N’Jie completed the rout as Marseille recorded their biggest win since beating Chambery 10-1 in the same competition in 1948.