Gameiro on song as PSG cruise in Cup
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French title-chasers Paris Saint-Germain moved smoothly into the last 16 of the French Cup on Friday with a comfortable 4-0 win over fifth-tier amateurs Sable-sur-Sarthe at Le Mans' MMArena.

Seven-time winners PSG did not underestimate their rivals as Carlo Ancelotti's men had to fight to edge out fifth division Locmine 2-1 with an injury-time winner in the previous round.

There was no Diego Lugano - scorer of the winner in that match - on Friday but a first half penalty from Brazilian Nene, after he was bundled over in the box, and a second from Kevin Gameiro just after the hour mark all but ended the contest before Gameiro, fed by Nene, made it three with 17 minutes remaining.

A fourth from Nene in the final minute with a meaty drive added gloss for the capital club, who last won the trophy in 2010 and went down to Lille in last year's final.

I am continuing to beaver away - when I get the chance to play I try to score. 
PSG's Gameiro

Former Lorient star and France international striker Gameiro has much to prove to the newly-arrived Ancelotti - who is targeting Manchester City's wantaway Argentinian Carlos Tevez. But on this evidence at least Gameiro showed he will fight to keep his place if Tevez does ultimately arrive at a Parc des Princes.

Gameiro says he will fight to win Ancelotti over. "I am continuing to beaver away - when I get the chance to play I try to score," he told Eurosport. "The coach is counting on me and even if other strikers are set to arrive I still have some aces up my sleeve."

Holders and reigning French champions Lille - seven points adrift of PSG in the league title race after last week's loss at Marseille - travel to fourth-tier outfit Compiegne on Saturday.

Marseille, with their ten Cup wins a record, take on second tier side Le Havre on Sunday.

In other weekend action, Lyon visit fourth division Vendee Lucon at Nantes on Sunday, while Montpellier - currently second and pushing PSG hard in the title race - visit second tier Tours on Monday. The only all-Ligue 1 tie of the round is a Saturday meeting between Rennes and Nice.