French superstar Kylian Mbappe was taken off the field after a horror challenge that ended his night, and potentially the season, during PSG’s Coupe de France clash against Saint-Etienne.
Mbappe was racing away with the ball in the first half when Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin missed the ball and collected the French striker with a scissor tackle.
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The sickening challenge sparked an all-in brawl as his PSG teammates raced in to defend the striker.
Referee Amaury Delerue was forced to calm the players and even booked Marco Verratti on PSG’s bench.
😬 @PSG_English @coupedefrance triumph was dampened @KMbappe's injury after this horror challenge which saw Loic Perrin sent off! Watch the full HIGHLIGHTS, including @neymarjr's winner https://t.co/aua9b7D126 #CoupedeFrance #PSGASSE pic.twitter.com/FxD8Bx2AK8— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) July 25, 2020
Replays showed Mbappe’s ankle was caught under the defender and he remained on the ground for several minutes before he limped off in tears.
Perrin was initially shown a yellow card, but it was upgraded upon VAR review to a red.
The 21-year-old took no further part in the game and limped around as his team celebrated the 1-0 win, thanks to Neymar’s solo effort.
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Mbappe’s injury will worry the team as they prepare for their Champion’s league quarter-final clash against Italian outfit Atlanta.
The Coupe de France was the first major match since the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to football in France.
Up to 5,000 fans were allowed into the stadium as part of the new social-distancing restrictions.
PSG will take on Lyon in the Coupe de France final, but will be sweating on their star player’s fitness.