PSG 1-0 St-Etienne: Mbappe injury dampens Les Parisen’s cup triumph
As expected, Paris Saint Germain was able to push over their rivals with ease. They added the Coupe de France to their Ligue 1 honors as they prepare for Champions League glory.
St Etienne had defeated the exciting Rennes in their buildup to the match, and many a fan would have hoped they did not make it. Such was the rugged display by the French minnows.
PSG started the match brightly, and dominated earlier exchanges. They would register their superiority before the quarter hour mark.
Moment of madness
The match continued in similar vein as St Etienne were consigned to their own half. Mbappe continue to threaten from the right flank. It would lead to a moment of madness from Etienne captain by the half hour mark.
Unable to contain the French superstar, Loic Perrin lunged on the advancing Mbappe. The 2018 World Cup winner was in obvious pain and did not get up from the turf.
Referee, Amaury Delerue showed Perrin the red card but the damage to the fixture had been done. Mbappe was promptly substituted as Etienne played with 10 men.
PSG continued to threaten but the low block from Claude Puel’s men did not allow them to add to their tally. In the end, PSG would turn out winners but the fixture left them in a state they are all too familiar with.
The Parisians head into their Champions League fixtures without the availability of their star performers. It has been Neymar who missed previous encounters, but it is Mbappe who will be getting treatment this time around.
Mbappe has been marred by injury and fitness concerns in the 2019/20 campaign. He only made 20 Ligue 1 outings, managing 18 goals and 5 assists.