Mbappe suffers injury as Monaco open defence with win

Date published: Saturday 5th August 2017 11:40

Monaco came from behind on two occasions to open their Ligue 1 title defence with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Toulouse on Friday night.

Zinedine Machach netted for the visitors after just six minutes at the Stade Louis II Stadium before Jemerson levelled for the champions with a header after 28 minutes.

Andy Delort stunned the hosts once more after he put Toulouse back in front with 53 minutes gone only for Radamel Falcao to head Monaco back on level terms shortly before the hour mark.

Kamil Glik nodded home Joao Moutinho’s free-kick from close range with 20 minutes remaining to complete Monaco’s comeback and kick-start their campaign with three points.

Monaco’s thrilling five-goal victory however, was tainted after an injury sustained by Kylian Mbappe in the second half.

Mbappe, the 18-year-old linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, left the field after 74 minutes with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin.

Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season and was handed the number 10 shirt by Monaco for the forthcoming season.

Paris St Germain, who Monaco beat to the Ligue 1 title last season, will begin their campaign – with world-record signing Neymar set to feature – at home to newly-promoted Amiens on Saturday.

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