The visiting ‘National’ side weren’t showing any nerves in the early stages and Farina went within a whisker of opening the scoring inside the first minute. Bernard Casoni’s kept coming and Goussé lost his one-on-one with Edel (15’). Stunned by the visitors opening, the Parisians struck back immediately when Ceara’s cross picked out Erding’s head and PSG went ahead (1-0, 16’).

The second half began in torrential rain and both sides struggled with the difficult conditions. The home side proved the more efficient. From a Maurice corner, Erding rose highest at the front post to nod home his second of the evening. The Turkey international didn’t need a second invitation to net a second of the night with a good downward header (2-0, 60’).

Just when it appeared that the game had gotten beyond them, the Evian players fought back and Bérigaud sent his half-volley beyong Grondin – on as a second-half sub for the injured Edel (2-1, 66’). Les Blanc et Rose were enjoying a second wind, but finally saw their chances of victory evaporate in stoppage time when Maurice broke free down the left before cutting the ball back to Hoarau who comfortably beat Laquait (3-1, 90+4’) !

PSG advanced to the last-16 of the French Cup where they will take on Vesoul (CFA – D4), with the hope of continuing the adventure in a competition which has always shined on the capital club.