He was the only one capable of making celebration and defeat go hand in hand.
To put to sleep what Pays de Cassel and part of Flanders had dreamed of in the sun, without attracting the wrath of anyone but rather by arousing even more the admiration of all, its adversaries like all of those who had come to support them.
Of Bollaert's 38,000 spectators to all the members of the modest R 1 formation whose dreams of glory he, almost single-handedly, showered (0-7), in any event, Kylian Mbappé did not receive only respect, positive waves and demonstrations of wonder this Monday, January 23 in the evening in Lens.
This round of 16 looks like a shock of worlds, so unexciting since promised to be a formality for the Parisian giant, the star of the France team quite simply made it a special moment, unique in the history of PSG. , perhaps even in that of the competition.
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The story does not say if the pre-match magic, when the utterance of his name turned the whistles into a standing ovation, had any influence on his evening performance.
If inheriting the captain's armband for the first time at kick-off with Paris gave him the wings to make his 240th match at PSG an almost lunar meeting.
The only certainty, he, who had not yet found the net in an official match in 2023 and had moreover only conceded defeats in France (3-1 in Lens and 1-0 in Rennes), swept away all the bad news from the start of the year in ninety minutes.
A hat-trick in eleven minutes… to start
As if the hat-trick, signed in just eleven minutes (29th, 35th, 41st) in the wake of his team's slow first half hour, had not been enough to make him the hero of the first period, as if his pass decisive for Neymar (33rd) was still insufficient to mark the spirits, the Parisian number 7 remained on his momentum after returning from the locker room.
A few minutes after taking advantage of half-time to offer his jersey to Alexis Zmijak, captain of Cassel and member of Collectif Ultras Paris, Kylian Mbappé returned to the lawn to become a little more legendary.
By scoring two additional goals for the unfortunate Romain Samson, the one who had already stunned the world by signing a hat-trick on December 18 against Argentina in Qatar, again juggled the numbers.
This Monday, Kylian Mbappé became at 24, the first player in PSG history to score a quintuple in an official match.
Ahead of Pauleta, tied with JPP
With 29 goals in the Coupe de France (2 with Monaco, 27 with PSG), he overtook Pauleta and joined Jean-Pierre Papin as the top scorer in the competition.
He, who now totals 27 with Paris, is only a short distance from François M'Pelé (28), the club's best director in the competition.
With 196 goals in all competitions since arriving in the capital in 2017, he is building on Cavani's record (200) at lightning speed.
In this context, the completely crazy month of February, during which Paris will successively face OM, Monaco, Bayern, Lille and again OM is already making everyone salivate.
PSG: Mbappé (29th, 35th, 41st, 56th, 78th), Neymar (33rd), Soler (64th).
Pays de Cassel: Brunel (30th).
PSG: Neymar (26th).
Pays de Cassel:
Samson – Santrain (Delcourt, 67th), Zmijak (cap.), Thoor, Rapaille – Brunel (Valdher, 79th), Leclerc, Boudjema – Bogdanski (Djelema, 67th), Leganase (Rudent, 55th), K. Sané (Itoua, 55th).
Navas – Pembélé (Hakimi, 59th), D. Pereira, Ramos (Bitshiabu, 66th), Mendes (Bernat, 46th) – Soler, Vitinha, Sanches (F. Ruiz, 59th) – Neymar – Ekitike (Gharbi, 66th) , Mbappé (cap.).