Paris Saint-Germain, the French league title holder, fell into a tie trap for the second consecutive match, this time against his host Toulouse in the second round, which saw the return of his star Kylian Mbappe to participate and score.
And at the Toulouse stadium, Mbappe entered from the bench in the 51st minute, at the exact moment when the new coach of Saint-Germain, Spain, Luis Enrique, pushed the newcomer from Barcelona, French international Osman Dembele.
Mbappe’s return comes after a summer that began with the possibility of his leaving the French capital, before he reached a settlement with the club’s management, according to which he organized the team’s group exercises last week.
The Parisian team was on its way to winning after it advanced with Mbappe’s goal in the 62nd minute from a penalty kick after he was blocked inside the area, to write down his ninth goal in his last 11 matches with the team, including clashes from the past season.
However, Toulouse responded in a shocking way, with the equalizing goal from a penalty kick, carried out by Moroccan Zakaria Abu Khalil in the 87th minute, following a mistake committed by his compatriot Ashraf Hakimi.
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Saint-Germain remained without a win after two stages, as it tied in the first stage also against Lorient without goals, bringing it to its score with two points in eighth place, while Toulouse occupies third place with 4 points, equally with leaders Montpellier and Marseille.
In a second match, Jordanian winger Musa Al-Taamari led his Montpellier team to a landslide victory at Lyon’s expense 4-1.
Montpellier inflicted a second consecutive loss on its opponent, who started its season with a 1-2 defeat against Strasbourg, to sit at the bottom of the standings, while Montpellier snatched the top of the standings after boosting its tally to 4 points after drawing in the first match against Le Havre.
Montpellier scored his goals through Arnaud Nordin (20), Al-Taamari (39 and 66) and Nigerian Accor Adams (89), while Alexandre Lacazette scored Lyon’s only goal (69).