PSG 4-0 Toulouse: Mbappe & Cavani injured as Ligue 1 champions secured home win

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Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani on Sunday were taken down on injury as Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain demolished Toulouse 4-0 at the Parc des Princes.

Brazilian Neymar was absent from the PSG squad amid continued uncertainty over his future at the club and Thomas Tuchel lost striker Cavani 14 minutes into a goalless first half.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came on for the Uruguayan and opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a superb solo strike, before defender Mathieu Goncalves turned in an own goal.

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The result was completely overshadowed, though, as Mbappe appeared to pull his hamstring when chasing down a pass, with the France forward heading straight off the pitch before Choupo-Moting and Marquinhos added further goals.

PSG, beaten 2-1 at Rennes last week, quickly cranked into gear and Toulouse goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet made a pair of smart saves from Mbappe in the opening four minutes.

But their strong start faded fast and PSG were dealt a blow when Tuchel saw Cavani hobble off after an attempted volley, with Choupo-Moting introduced as his replacement.

Choupo-Moting was acrobatically denied by Reynet in the first minute after the restart but the keeper could do nothing about the Cameroon international’s next effort.

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After collecting the ball in a packed penalty box, Choupo-Moting superbly span into space and thumped a low drive in off the left post.

PSG’s second goal came five minutes later, Pablo Sarabia’s attempt deflecting in off Goncalves, who then gave away a 71st-minute penalty for handball after Mbappe pulled up on his 100th Ligue 1 appearance.

Reynet dived to his right to deny Angel Di Maria from the spot, but PSG added a third goal four minutes later as a sweeping move ended with Juan Bernat teeing up Choupo-Moting for a first-time finish.

Reynet rejected Choupo-Moting a hat-trick before Marquinhos ‘ header finished scoring on his 250th appearance for the club, but PSG is hoping for excellent news on Cavani and Mbappe.

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The European transfer window closes on September 2 and it remains uncertain whether Neymar will remain at PSG, but the problems for Cavani and Mbappe might force the club to maintain him.

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It would be unfortunate to lose one striker to injury, but two were a terrible stroke of poor luck that in the coming weeks will probably leave PSG progressively dependent on Choupo-Moting.

When PSG signed Choupo-Moting last year on a free transfer, the forward was released by Stoke City, eyebrows were raised. He only scored three times last term in 22 Ligue 1 matches.

But perhaps the 2019-20 season will be the making of the 30-year-old. Choupo-Moting took his goals very well indeed and if Mbappe and Cavani are out for an extended time he will get more chances to shine.

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Toulouse coach Alain Casanova threw Goncalves to the wolves somewhat by asking the 18-year-old to make his debut against the Ligue 1 champions and the teenager crumbled under the pressure, scoring an own goal and giving away a penalty before being replaced by Wesley Said.

PSG will be back to action on Friday, taking on Metz before the international break in their last match. A day later, Toulouse is at Amiens ‘ home.

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