Sports Desk – Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Saint-Étienne 1-0 to win the 13th French Title on Friday. But the match was more notable for a 23rd-minute incident in which Loic Perrin hacked down striker Kylian Mbappe, forcing the French World Cup winner to leave the field in tears.
Neymar scored on the rebound in the 14th minute after PSG striker Kylian Mbappe sprinted clear and saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Jessy Moulin, with only 5,000 fans in the 80,000-seater Stade de France due to strict health protocols.
The St-Etienne captain Loic Perrin was eventually sent off for the challenge, which caused mass altercations between both teams and plenty of yellow cards as a result.
PSG, which lost last season’s final on penalty kicks, had not played a competitive game since March 11 when it faced Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Saint-Étienne’s previous match was three days earlier in the French league, before it was canceled with 10 rounds remaining on April 30.
Despite having an extra player, PSG hardly threatened in the second half other than a couple of speculative shots well saved by Moulin.
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