PARIS: Kylian Mbappe ended up on crutches in what could be a big blow to PSG’s Champions League hopes as they won a bad-tempered French cup final 1-0 against Saint-Etienne.
In the first competitive match in France since the coronavirus lockdown, Neymar scored the only goal of the game when he lashed home off the underside of the bar in the 14th minute.
But the match was more notable for a 23rd-minute incident in which Loic Perrin hacked down Mbappe, forcing the French World Cup winner to leave the field in tears.
A mass brawl followed and after order had been restored, Perrin was shown a red card following a VAR review.
Mbappe later appeared back on the touchline on crutches, raising fears about his availability for PSG’s Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta next month.
PSG’s last-eight opponents were also in action on Friday night as they played out a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in Serie A.
Hakan Calhanoglu curled home a magnificent free-kick in the 14th minute as the hosts made a fine start in search of their fourth straight league win.
But Duvan Zapata drilled home his 18th league goal of the season in the 34th minute to boost Atalanta’s quest to hang onto second place in the table.