PSG, Monaco cruise into quarterfinals

PARIS: Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain eased into the French League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Lille while Monaco routed Rennes 7-0.
However, Ligue 1 leaders Nice were knocked out, going down 3-2 to Bordeaux in their last-16 tie.
At the Parc des Princes, PSG ended a three-match winless run as Unai Emery’s men defeated Lille in a repeat of last season’s final.
Lucas scored twice with a 43rd-minute penalty and a 57th-minute goal before young Spanish striker Jese made the most of just his second start to hit the third after 69 minutes. “(Jese) progressed as the match went on and he scored,” said Emery.
“It wasn’t easy for him but he found his rhthym as the minutes passed. He needs to play, that is clear.”
PSG will face Metz, who won a penalty shootout 11-10 against Toulouse, in the quarterfinals.
Title-chasing Monaco saw 17-year-old Kylian Mbappe hit his first professional hat-trick as the Principality side also made the quarterfinals. Mbappe, who turns 18 on December 20, now has six goals for the season in all competitions.
Rennes will be fed up of the sight of the Stade Louis II where they lost 3-0 in a league game in September.
Jaroslav Plasil put Bordeaux ahead against Nice after 14 minutes while a 22nd-minute strike from Gaetan Laborde made it 2-0 before Alassane Plea pulled one back just before the interval. Laborde restored Bordeaux’s two-goal lead 10 minutes into the second period with Mario Balotelli’s 83rd-minute penalty proving just a consolation for Nice who have already been eliminated from the Europa League. — AFP