Kylian Mbappe came on from the bench and appeared to have inspired Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain to an away win over Toulouse, only for a late strike to keep them tied. -first.
The Parisians had much possession in the first half, like in the 0-0 draw with Lorient last week, but that all changed after Mbappe and debutant Ousmane Dembele came on after 50 minutes.
Mbappe was soon awarded a penalty, tripped by Rasmus Nicolaisen after dropping Dane’s shoulder and cutting inside. Mbappe takes the penalty himself.
Mbappe almost scored for Goncalo Ramos in a PSG shirt, but the Portuguese missed the ball after a good combination of the two, and Dembele slipped when he got the goal.
Those mistakes came back to haunt PSG because with less than five minutes left, Ashraf Hakimi had accidentally tripped Zakaria Aboukhlal in the box. A penalty was taken and Aboukhlal followed Mbappe’s lead, taking the free-kick himself to secure the penalty.
PSG’s best chance in seven minutes of stoppage time went to Hakimi, after Dembele’s good work on the right flank, but he couldn’t get a header on target.
Without a win after two games, PSG are eighth in the table. Toulouse has twice as many points out of four, and comes in third.
PSG is a different team than Mbappe. It’s obvious, but what else can you say after such a vivid demonstration of the difference between PSG without Mbappe and PSG perhaps the best player in the world?
Mbappe’s arrival gave PSG urgency, created space – because Toulouse’s defenders, wary of his pace, had to drop deeper – and added a spearhead to an attack. pretty bland. But for a lucky penalty at the other end, the scenario is perfect for Mbappe’s team. He came and saved the day.
Around the contract negotiations with Mbappe remain turbulent, but one thing is clear – PSG have no chance of winning the Champions League this season without him and may even have a hard time winning it. Ligue 1 championship.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Kylian Mbappe (PSG). The French captain came on for less than a half but was clearly the best player of the game. He single-handedly pulled PSG into the lead, then created a great opportunity for them to double the lead. It is said that Mbappe led the team in both shot and shot on target, although the others played twice as long.
toulouse: Restes 7, Desler 7, Costa 6, Nicolaisen 5, Diarra 6, Sierro 5, Casseres 6, Aboukhlal 7, Suazo 6, Magri 5, Dallinga 5. Subs: Schmidt 6, Genreau 5, Kamanzi 5, Begraoui 5, Bangre n/One.
PSG: Donnarumma 6, Hakimi 6, Marquinhos 6, Skriniar 6, Hernandez 5, Zaire-Emery 6, Ugarte 5, Vitinha 5, Fabian 4, Lee 5, Ramos 4. Subs: Mbappe 8, Dembele 7, Danilo 6, Soler 5.
BIG MISSION! 39′ – Hakimi makes a great dribble on the right flank, sends the ball into the Toulouse box and passes it back to Ramos, who was not marked with a great opportunity to open the scoring for PSG, but the Portuguese. Nha kicked out again.
Penalty for PSG! 59′ – Mbappe somehow found space behind the Toulouse defence, cut into Nicolaisen with a shoulder strike, was caught and dropped. The referee said there was no penalty, but after reviewing the VAR, that decision was overturned.
TARGET! TOULOUSE 0-1 PSG (MBAPPE) 62′ – Mbappe himself took the penalty and scored, shot to the right of the keeper.
BIG MISSION! 74′ – Ramos and Mbappe link up and the latter, with the angle against him, is square when he can shoot, but Ramos can’t convert what looks like a touchdown.
PENALTY FOR TOULOUSE! 84′ – When they got out of the box from a corner, Hakimi stepped on the instep of Aboukhlal and it was a penalty! Unfortunately, but the referee has no other choice.
TARGET! TOULOUSE 1-1 PSG (INTRODUCTION) 87′ – Aboukhlal hit the wrong goalkeeper to equalize from the penalty spot.
KEY STATISTICS SMALL
- Luis Enrique is the first PSG manager since Laurent Blanc in 2013 to fail to win either of his opening two games.
- Toulouse is currently unbeaten in their last 15 home matches in Ligue 1.