PSG Suffers Defeat in Mbappé's Farewell Match

Paris Saint-Germain suffered a 3-1 defeat to Toulouse, despite Kylian Mbappé's early goal in his final home game for the club. Mbappé, who confirmed his departure from PSG, received a mixed reception from fans and will play his last match for the club in the French Cup final.

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PSG Suffers Defeat in Mbappé's Farewell Match

PSG Suffers Defeat in Mbappé's Farewell Match

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) suffered a surprising 3-1 title, party defeat to Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, despite Kylian Mbappé's early goal in his final home game for the club. The loss marks only PSG's second league defeat this season, dampening the title, celebrations of their record-extending 12th French title.

Mbappé, who confirmed his departure from PSG at the end of the season, match, report, visitors, champions, party received a mixed reception from the fans. While some sections jeered when his name was announced, the Paris Ultras Collective unveiled a banner in his honor, reading, "Child from the Parisian suburbs, you became a legend of PSG." Coach Luis Enrique praised the tribute, saying, "I thought it [the tribute] was fantastic and very heartfelt... It's beautiful to recognise the work of a player of his level. He is without a doubt a legend of the club despite his youth."

The 25-year-old French sensation opened the scoring in the 8th minute, taking his tally to 44 goals in all competitions this season. However, Toulouse equalized within five minutes through Thijs Dallinga. Yann Gboho put the visitors ahead with a brilliant strike in the second half, and Frank Magri sealed the win in stoppage time.

Mbappé's relationship, ending with PSG has been tumultuous in recent months. The club offered him the most lucrative contract in their history in 2022, but he felt promises to sign key players were not kept. In June 2023, Mbappé informed PSG he would not take the option for an extra year, putting the club in a position to sell him or risk losing him for free. Despite a world record $332 million bid from Al-Hilal, Mbappé refused to meet with representatives from the Saudi club.

The departure, broke, back fallout led to Mbappé being left out of the preseason tour to Japan and dropped for the season's opening league game. Relations appeared to be repaired, but took another turn for the worse when Mbappé informed club president Nasser Al Khelaifi in mid-February that he was leaving. Coach Luis Enrique showed his authority by putting Mbappé on the bench or taking him off during important games, with the star forward's near-untouchable status suddenly in question.

Despite the defeat, PSG remains 6 points clear of second-placed AS Monaco with 2 games left in the season. Mbappé, who is widely expected to join Real Madrid as a free agent this summer, will play his last match for PSG in the French Cup final against Lyon on May 25. The 256 goals he scored for the club and his 191 goals in France's top flight cement his legacy as one of PSG's and Ligue 1's greatest ever players.

Key Takeaways

  • PSG suffered a 3-1 loss to Toulouse, despite Kylian Mbappé's early goal.
  • Mbappé confirmed his departure from PSG at the end of the season.
  • PSG fans gave Mbappé a mixed reception, with some jeering and others honoring him.
  • Mbappé scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, a record.
  • Mbappé is expected to join Real Madrid as a free agent this summer.