PSG thrash Monaco to win fourth Coupe de la Ligue

Ligue 1 By: Olakunle Brown | 01/04/2017

PSG players celebrate

Paris Saint-Germain put up a dominant show on Saturday night as they thrashed AS Monaco 4-1 to win the Coupe de la Ligue for the fourth consecutive time.

In form striker, Edinson Cavani netted a brace while German star, Julian Draxler and former Manchester United winger, Angel di Maria added one each inside a packed Parc Olympique Lyonnais to hand the French giants a record seventh title.

PSG began the game on a good not as Marco Verratti and Di Maria combined to setup Draxler and he made no mistake with a simple finish past goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic inside the first five minutes of the encounter.

That goal spurred Monaco into action as they threatened at the other end. Valere Germain rose highest to meet a delightful cross but his header went wide.

However, Manchester City conquerors did get their equalizer when Thomas Lemar received a neat pass from Djibril Sidibe on the edge of the box and carefully found the top corner with a super strike to make it 1-1.

It was a delightful end-to-end stuff just before half-time. Edinson Cavani saw his improvisational back-heel and at the other end, PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp's also made a save of his own and they turned possession into attack.

In a blistering attack, Draxler returned the favour earlier for di Maria and the Argentine squeezed his shot beneath the keeper to restore PSG’s advantage.

Cavani took over the show and scored the third for Paris Saint German. He nearly made it four when he was picked out at the back post but he somehow missed the target.

With Monaco looking for a way back into the game, they poured men forward and PSG capitalized on that to seal the game with another goal. Cavani powered in a shot to make it 4-1 shortly after di Maria had been denied a one-on-one opportunity.  

Cavani has now recorded 40 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions this season.

The win handed Unai Emery his first trophy as manager of Paris Saint German.