Sights and sounds from Kylian Mbappe’s final PSG game at Parc des Princes: Goal, boos and defeat

Toulouse played spoiler in Kylian Mbappe’s final match at the Parc des Princes as a Paris Saint-Germain player with a 3-1 win on Sunday, but Mbappe still scored the game’s opening goal in his farewell to his hometown club.

Mbappe started and wore the captain’s armband in PSG’s final home game of the season, though he was joined by a rotated lineup two weeks after the team officially won their 12th Ligue 1 title. He scored in the eighth minute after receiving the ball near the halfway line and making a run for it, but it was not enough to overcome a Toulouse side that had the better chances. They scored the equalizer in the 13th minute thanks to Thijs Dallinga and then not hit the go-ahead goal courtesy of Yann Gboho’s 68th-minute strike. Frank Magri then scored in second-half stoppage time to make it 3-1.

Mbappe’s farewell match came two days after he officially announced his long-anticipated departure and mostly served as a night of appreciation, with France legend and Olympics team coach Thierry Henry in attendance. The outgoing star did receive a mixed response at times, though, reflective of his seven-year spell in the French capital that ends with six Ligue 1 titles but without winning the UEFA Champions League.

Here’s a look at the sights and sounds from Mbappe’s farewell.

Pre-match boos

The festivities got off to an unwelcoming start when the Paris Ultras Collective booed his name when the in-stadium announcer was reading out the lineups. It reflected the love-hate relationship he has had with some of the PSG faithful but was not the overwhelming sentiment once Mbappe arrived on the pitch.

Appreciation before kickoff

Mbappe was much more warmly received in the tunnel shortly before the game began, where he was handing out hugs and high fives. He included the mascots in his pre-match rounds and held a brief conversation with a few of them before walking out onto the pitch.

The crowd was welcoming once he finally made his way out, with chants of his name ringing around the stadium and a tifo and a banner honoring him being unveiled shortly after. The banner read “enfant de la banlieu,” which translates to “kid from the suburbs,” — a reference to the Paris suburb of Bondy, where he grew up. There was no formal pre-match ceremony on behalf of PSG, though.

Mbappe scores

The man of the moment marked the occasion with a stellar goal in the eighth minute, which passed a VAR check for offside. It was his 44th goal of the season and 256th goal for PSG, extending his well-established lead atop the team’s goalscoring charts. Mbappe opted to celebrate by running to the bench and embracing goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who is also leaving at the end of the season.

It was only one of a handful of shots on target PSG ultimately took on Sunday as Toulouse came from behind to win the match.

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