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Brest now will have a week of rest before Marseille in Ligue 1 next weekend - but it is the Champions League and a date with destiny against Barcelona that awaits PSG on Wednesday. Until then however, thank you for joining us - and have a great weekend!
Kylian Mbappe though. Ever since he burst onto the scene around four years ago - it really is that long! - and crowned it in Russia in 2018, he's been one of the game's superstars. He's proven those credentials once again here.
The same as it ever was? It certainly feels that way. They may not be top of the table in Ligue 1, locked in that tussle with Lille and Lyon for the title, but Mauricio Pochettino's side are on course to claim another cup for their cabinet after today's performance.
Kylian Mbappe's double - including a first-half peach of a strike - makes it a relatively routine result for PSG, as they see off a spirited Brest to advance to the Coupe de France round-of-16. The visitors never looked like relinquishing their early lead and so it proved to be; they remain on track to defend their title. At full-time at Stade Francis-Le Ble, it finishes Brest 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain.
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FULL-TIME: BREST 0-3 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
There will be two added minutes in this encounter.
You do have to feel a little for Brest, who have not been wholly dismal in this game. Still, a three-goal loss - and the manner in which they've conceded - has given it the air of a contested training run for PSG at points, which is not what they'll have wanted it to be.
Mbappe! What a goal that would have been, as the attacker executes a flying volley in mid-air at close range, one that just sails over the crossbar by an inch or so. That was almost fantastic.
The hosts also bring on Julien Faussurier in place of Pierre-Gabriel.
Brest make their latest change of the game now as Gaetan Charbonnier comes on to replace Philippoteaux.
Mbappe has the ball in the back of the net! But the flag has long gone up for offside and the striker's spot of lightning footwork to cut around three defenders inside the penalty area was all for nothing. PSG remain three goals ahead instead.
What a stop by Cibois! That could have been four for PSG but the keeper executes a brilliant save, topped with an acrobatic punch, to deny the volley blasted in from a crowded huddle of attacking blue shirts.
A minor concern for PSG here, as Di Maria comes in with a sliding tackle near the halfway line and misses just about everything entirely, only to be then accidentally trodden on. An injury to the veteran attacker could be costly.
J. Le Douaron
Brest follow that with their second swap. Le Douaron is off and former Huddersfield man Steve Mounie is on.
Brest make their first change of the game now with Fadiga - a PSG loanee of course - replaced by Jean Lucas.
It is also the end of the day for Ander Herrera who gives way to Idrissa Gueye for the visitors.
It is the last act for Verratti too, but what an act. Rafinha replaces him for PSG as they look to see this one out without any trouble.
GOAL! KYLIAN MBAPPE SURELY SEALS IT FOR PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN! 3-0! It's almost a fluke finish for the striker, there in the right place and at the right time. A long ball finds Verratti near the left post in the Brest box and he attempts to cut it back between two defenders; instead, it ricochets off the chest of his team-mate and in at close-range past Cibois. That is very likely game, set and match to the visitors.
A quick reminder; outside of the final, there is no extra-time in the Coupe de France this season. If Brest should find two goals here to tie this game up, we'll go straight to a penalty shootout.
Herrera comes in with another challenge in midfield and this one tips the referee's hand; it will be a booking for the PSG man.
Herrera concedes the foul deep inside his own half now but Brest's free-kick - level with the PSG box - is dealt with more clinically than on previous occasions. Time is running out for them to force more in this game.
Á. Di María
Pablo Sarabia's intervention just before the break in this game has given PSG the cushion they need to help them weather Brest's forward approach, and he takes his leave now for Angel Di Maria.
The hosts whip a well-fought corner in and PSG's clearance is particularly scrappy once more. Something appears to have upset both sets of players too; the referee is forced to intervene before they square up for a round of fisticuffs.
Brest have had as many on-target efforts as PSG now in this match, with four apiece. It shows that they're refusing to go away - and that in terms of keeping a clean sheet, the visitors have rode their luck a little bit.
What on earth was Rico doing there?! The PSG keeper has a moment of absolute madness and plays a short ball straight out to the Brest attack who pounce. Ander Herrera has to clear a deflected effort about a foot out from the goal-line after his shotstopper is caught out.
A pair of superb chances for Brest! Philippoteaux cuts into the box and sees an effort just deflected around the right post, before Rico is forced into a leaping save to deny a Baal strike rifled through the crowded area. The hosts are getting close to a goal again.
Paredes! The PSG man tucks a half-volley from outside the Brest box around the wrong side of the left post.
Mbappe! Now that should have been his second! He hares off down the left edge, meets a booming cut-out ball that hangs just right in the air, and is away one-on-one with Cibois, only to tuck a finessed finish into the keeper's legs. Disappointing for the attacker.
Bakker to the rescue! Brest nearly get their goal, a looping cross catching Rico out, but his defender manages to smother it away at the right post. A spot of peril for PSG there.
There's a half-chance for Mbappe now and PSG may wish they'd done more to help him put it away. The France international finds himself juggling a delivery under pressure inside the Brest box and defenders crowd him before he can either shoot or find an avenue to set up another effort.
The pressure will be on for the hosts here. Score early in this second half and they are in with a shout of forcing something from this game. The longer this goes on with no response on the scoreboard, the more their odds will lengthen.
PSG have made a change at the break too, but perhaps not the expected one, as Timothee Pembele comes on to replace Thilo Kehrer.
We are back underway at Stade Francis-Le Ble. Is it plain sailing for PSG from here or can Brest spring a famous cup comeback?
If you are Mauricio Pochettino, do you remove Mbappe from the pitch at the break? The Argentine may have one eye on next week's Champions League second leg with Barcelona - and despite a hefty lead, he will be no fool in knowing the Blaugrana could mount an astonishing comeback. His most prized asset may need to be preserved.
A delightful top-drawer finish from Kylian Mbappe and a coolly taken half-chance for Pablo Sarabia means that PSG are firmly in front in the Coupe de France - but hosts Brest have more than played their pair. The visitors could well be home and dry, but they've been forced to fight for their lead. At half-time, it is Brest 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain.
HALF-TIME: BREST 0-2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
GOAL! PABLO SARABIA DOUBLES PSG'S LEAD! 2-0! It's a close-range finish at the right post for the striker, after the visitors canter into the box. Brest try to clear and deflect an initial effort back into the path of the Spaniard, who is there to poke home. Clinical and composed.
This has suddenly turned into a far more robust test of the PSG defence than anticipated. Bakker sees off a long ball down the right flank again and the visitors have a goal-kick to help ease the pressure.
Now it is Danilo's turn to clear PSG's lines before Rico snaffles a return delivery. Brest are growing in confidence here, momentum swinging towards them as the game heads towards half-time.
Is that a Brest penalty? Diallo and Bakker sandwich Philippoteaux in the box and he goes down, perhaps a touch softly. The referee isn't having it and PSG are able to spirit the ball back to midway.
Mbappe hits the post! The striker can't believe it and nor can his team-mates. He's released through a gap in the Brest defence, cuts a lovely line and tries to pull his shot in at the far edge past Cibois, only to hit the woodwork. What an opportunity.
Philippoteaux is making himself known up front for Brest right now, but PSG are doing an excellent job at cutting off supply, having perhaps allowed the hosts more room to launch counter-attacks early on. It's getting a little bit nip-and-tuck around the ankles.
The visitors lash their latest free-kick into the box and Cibois helps usher it away. PSG continue to hound the keeper until he rids himself of the ball with a deep punt downfield though.
There's a little bit of frayed tempers with PSG and it is easy to see why; they've picked up that booking there despite a few hefty challenges against them going unpunished.
A free-kick for PSG now out wide comes to nothing after a foul on a Brest man. Paredes gets booked for it and the visitors are left particularly unhappy by the call.
Oh, Sebastien Cibois may be the luckiest man on the pitch right now. He roars out of his box and puts a slide tackle straight into Mbappe's ankle, about six yards outside his area. He's not booked - doesn't even concede a free-kick! - because the PSG man had been offside. That's a stroke of fortune.
The visitors have had 62 per cent of possession so far, a fair reflection of their general composure and control in this game. They also seem very comfortable at ensuring Brest are harried when playing it out from the back.
You do wonder how nervous PSG might get the longer this game goes on without them adding a second. If they can double their lead before the break, they may be as good as home and dry. But at a one-goal lead, this is still risky territory in knockout football.
PSG will have a goal-kick now after a looping cross-turned-shot from Brest almost wrongfooted Rico at the back, sailing wide of the right post by a good few feet in the end.
Now it is PSG's turn to drive a few low deliveries into the Brest area of the pitch. The hosts cope admirable and Mbappe's attempt to twist a return cross in is picked off easily enough.
Again, Brest slip the delivery down into PSG's final third with a touch of invention and again, the visitors read it well. This is an intriguing tussle, but that one-goal lead still looks pretty secure as things stand.
It's a particularly still night in Brest, long balls catching the air with little wind. That could help the visitors if they decide they want to bypass the hosts' midfield entirely, which is not implausible.
Credit to the hosts, they've rallied admirable and ping a pair of dangerous balls into the PSG penalty area. Again, the end execution is missing, but they're not looking like a side woefully out of their depth against last year's Champions League finalists.
Chalk another one up for the France international; he may well be the most fearsome player at Euro 2020 later this year. That's a psychological blow for Brest so early here to recover from.
GOAL! KYLIAN MBAPPE WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL FINISH FOR PSG! 1-0! Could this be the start of a long night from Brest? The striker runs with a loose ball from the centre-circle, shrugs off three defenders and fires into the top-left corner from outside the box. Brilliant stuff.
Sarabia with the chance! The striker will be kicking himself there, fed a lovely ball into the box that he can't turn and put away before Pierre-Gabriel robs him of possession. That was set up wonderfully.
That is some silky footwork from Brest! PSG's defence are furious with themselves and rightly so, cut open with some neat triangular play and a pair of delicious backheels that just don't quite come off at the end.
Early nerves for the hosts as PSG win a quickfire corner and Cibois fails to take it cleanly. He's fortunate the bounce is kind; the ball comes straight back into his gloves before it can be snaffled.
We are underway in this Coupe de France clash between Brest and Paris Saint-Germain!
The teams are out at Stade Francis-Le Ble and we are moments away from kick-off.
A Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick ensured a 5-2 win for PSG the last time these two sides met in this competition, in January 2014. One player survives; Marquinhos, on the bench for the visitors as he was that day too.
Subs: Alexandre Letellier, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Timothee Pembele, Layvin Kurzawa, Rafinha, Idrissa Gueye, Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-3): Sergio Rico; Thilo Kehrer, Danilo Pereira, Abdou Diallo, Mitchel Bakker; Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes; Pablo Sarabia, Kylian Mbappe, Julian Draxler.
Subs: Brendan Chardonnet, Mouez Hassen, Julien Faussurier, Steve Mounie, Romain Perraud, Jean Lucas, Hugo Magnetti, Hianga'a M'Bock, Gaetan Charbonnier.
BREST (4-2-3-1): Sebastien Cibois; Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Jean-Kevin Duverne, Lilian Brassier, Ludovic Baal; Haris Belkebla, Bandiougou Fadiga; Jeremy Le Douaron, Romain Faivre, Romain Philippoteaux; Irvin Cardona.
Those following the news may already know that Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Neymar's absence for PSG today, but the Argentine isn't treating this like a kick-around tie too much either. A few faces are rested, but Kylian Mbappe's presence up front showcases the visitors' intent clearly.
In their way sits a side they've already downed once in 2021 - but as most people will tell you, all bets can be off in knockout football. That being said, Brest have not beat their visitors since 1985; it's been a long while since they trumped the capital club.
If there's one trophy to rival the top-flight for PSG's domestic monopoly, then it is this knockout competition. The visitors have won it every year since 2015, except for 2019 when beaten on penalties by Rennes in the final - and they're hot favourites to progress today once again.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Coupe de France, as reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain look to avoid a potential banana-skin result against fellow Ligue 1 side Brest at Stade Francis-Le Ble.