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Mbappe scores in final home game but PSG beaten


Mbappe scores in final home game but PSG beaten

Kylian Mbappe scored in his final Paris Saint-Germain home game but the French champions were beaten by Toulouse before celebrating with the Ligue 1 trophy.

Kylian Mbappe scored on his final home appearance as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Sunday (May 12) but the French champions suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat against Toulouse on the night they picked up the Ligue 1 championship trophy.

Mbappe confirmed in a video posted on social media on Friday that he would be leaving PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season, ending a seven-year association with the club.

Real Madrid is expected to be the next destination for a player whose departure from Paris had been an open secret since February, when he privately informed the club of his intention to move on.

Mbappe wore the captain's armband and opened the scoring early on against Toulouse to take his tally for the season to 44 goals goals in all competitions.

However, Thijs Dallinga quickly equalised for the visitors against a PSG side which showed 10 changes to the team knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals in midweek, with Mbappe the only player to keep his place.

Yann Gboho put Toulouse ahead with a brilliant strike in the second half, and Frank Magri wrapped up the win in stoppage time as PSG suffered just their second Ligue 1 loss this season, and their first in 27 games since September.

Mbappe has now scored 256 times for PSG, a club-record tally, since signing from Monaco in 2017. His tally of 191 goals in France's top flight – including 16 with Monaco at the beginning of his career – puts him in seventh place in the all-time list. 

Coach Luis Enrique described the 25-year-old as "a club legend" when he spoke to media on the eve of the game.

PSG had indicated that celebrations after Sunday's match would be dedicated to their title triumph, rather than any specific tribute to Mbappe himself.

There were even some jeers from the crowd for the striker when the teams were read out before the game, although a huge display was unfurled before kick-off at one end of the stadium depicting Mbappe in a trademark pose with his arms folded.

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