Kylian Mbappe: PSG striker injured by horror tackle

Kylian Mbappe: PSG striker injured by horror tackle

Kylian Mbappe: PSG striker injured by horror tackle

The Coupe de France was the first major match since the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to football in France.

Arsenal new boy William Saliba has conceded that he feels bitterly disappointed about missing out on Saint-Etienne's Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The World Cup victor was later seen in the tunnel on crutches.

Friday's game in Paris welcomed a limited number of fans to the Stade de France as football formally returned for the first time in four months.

A minute's applause was held ahead of kick-off for the victims of COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of over 30,000 people in France, and in support of frontline workers.

Brazilian star Neymar was the hero for PSG as his 14th minute strike was enough to see off 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.

Perrin was initially yellow-carded for the crunching challenge but was later dismissed upon video review.

PSG say the injury will be re-evaluated in 72 hours by a doctor.

Neymar's goal proved enough to seal a 13th French Cup for PSG as the second half played out with few incidents of note, with both sides showing tiredness on their return to competitive action.

Moulin kept Saint-Etienne in with a remote shot of ending their 43-year wait for a seventh French Cup title, repelling Mauro Icardi and Di Maria before spreading himself superbly to deny Pablo Sarabia.

Though the severity of the injury is yet to be known, Mbappe's participation in PSG's remaining fixtures this season could now be in doubt.

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