Forward Moses Simon had an unforgettable evening for FC Nantes, scoring thrice and assisting another as they walloped Paris FC 8-0 in the Coupe De La Ligue.
In a game that was full of incident, Christian Gourcuff’s side threw off their attacking restraints to punish their hapless visitors, whose horrid evening was topped by a missed penalty.
Simon set the annihilation in motion, curling into the top corner from just inside the penalty area to open the scoring in the 22nd minute after his initial shot was saved by Vincent Demarconnay.
On the half-hour, Thody Elie Youan made it 2-0, and barely five minutes after that, teed up Simon for a tap-in to extend his side’s lead to three. A minute later, it was 4-0; Simon this time turning provider for Ludovic Blas.
The 24-year-old completed a memorable first-half hat-trick two minutes shy of the break, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area from a free-kick.
Second-half goals within 20 minutes of the restart by Imran Louza and Blas added salt to the Paris wound, before substitute Mehdi Abeid made it eight in the 83rd minute.
Simon has scored five goals in 10 appearances this season for Nantes, with whom he is on loan from La Liga side Levante.