Mbappe's Penalty Earns Draw as PSG Faces Toulouse in Ligue 1 Clash
Kylian Mbappe marked his return for Paris St Germain by converting a penalty 11 minutes into the game against Toulouse. However, the defending champions had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Ligue 1 clash on Saturday.
Mbappe, who was benched for PSG's season-opening draw with Lorient and had been excluded from the main squad due to contract negotiations, emerged as a substitute and earned a penalty just after the hour mark. He confidently buried the spot-kick. Yet, Toulouse managed to level the score with their own penalty, converted by Zakaria Aboukhlal, in the final minutes of the game.
Ousmane Dembele, recently acquired from Barcelona, also made his debut as a substitute during the match.
During the second half, PSG's 17-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery had a goal disallowed due to an offside call.
The penalty that earned PSG the lead was awarded when Rasmus Nicolaisen fouled Mbappe in the penalty area. After a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check, Mbappe calmly converted the penalty.
Toulouse, on the other hand, received their penalty after Achraf Hakimi fouled Aboukhlal. Aboukhlal stepped up to the spot and secured a well-deserved point for his team.
In an earlier game on Saturday, Montpellier secured a convincing 4-1 victory against Lyon, with new signing Mousa Al-Tamari scoring two goals. Al-Tamari, who recently joined Montpellier from OH Leuven, found the back of the net on both sides of halftime, contributing to Montpellier's dominant performance. Arnaud Nordin gave Montpellier the lead in the 20th minute, and Al-Tamari's brace extended their advantage. Although Lyon's captain, Alexandre Lacazette, pulled one back, his straight red card dampened their hopes. Akor Adams, another new signing for Montpellier, sealed the victory with his third goal in two games this season.