PSG will have to wait to know their next French Cup opponent
The French Football Federation held the draw of the French Cup round of 32 games on Sunday with all matchups getting decided for the games to be played on the weekend of Jan. 20 through Jan. 22. PSG will have to wait to know their final rival.
After defeating Chateauroux 1-3 last Friday, Jan. 6, PSG sealed their presence in the French Cup Round of 32 and are now just five games separated from lifting the Coupe de France for the first time since they last did it in the 2020-21 season.
PSG, though, won't know their opponent until later this week because of a series of issues involving their potential rivals.
As things stand on Monday, Jan. 9, PSG could still play against any of the three teams between Pays de Cassel (Regional 1st), Reims SA (National 3rd), and Wasquehal (National 2nd). The outcome of the two games still to be played by those three teams between them will define the Round of 32 opponents of PSG.
The draw paired PSG with an unknown rival coming from a trio of lower-league teams
Back on Nov. 20, the 8th round of the Coupe de France matchup between Reims Sainte-Anne (N3) and Wasquehal (N2) was interrupted after a melee emerged and one coach got injured and wounded in his head. The game was never expected to be re-scheduled, leaving both teams out of the competition.
That changed of late, with the FFF giving both teams a second chance at qualifying for the Round of 64. Once one of them qualifies winning a game next Wednesday, Jan. 11, they will have to face Pays de Cassel for a place on the Round of 32 facing PSG.
Pays de Cassel will face either Reims SA or Wasquehal at a later, still unknown date, between Jan. 12 and their game against PSG on the weekend of Jan. 20-22. That said, PSG will ask the FFF for a postponement of the Round of 32 game to Monday, Jan. 23 as Paris Saint-Germain will be playing a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 19 in which Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his debut.