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04 August 2017

Monaco 3 Toulouse 2: Kylian Mbappe taken off injured as defending champions come from behind twice to begin title defence with a win

MONACO were left with fears Kylian Mbappe has picked up a knee injury after coming off as the French champions scrapped past Toulouse.

The £120million Real Madrid target was subbed late into the second half and had his leg bandaged up.

Kylian Mbappe was taken off injured during Monaco’s season opener
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Kylian Mbappe seemed to injure his right knee during the 3-2 win
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Kamil Glik scored the winner with 20 minutes left after Jemerson and Radamel Falcao leveled twice for the hosts in the opening game of the season.

Monaco was one of the most spectacular teams in Europe last season, scoring 107 league goals in 38 games to win the title eight points clear of Paris Saint-Germain.

But the team was completely reshuffled this summer after the club sold left back Benjamin Mendy, central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, playmaker Bernardo Silva, forward Valere Germain and midfielder Nabil Dirar.

Rival PSG, in turn, has been boosted by Brazil star Neymar’s arrival for a world record 222 million-euro ($262-million) price tag.

Monaco made a sloppy start on a hot evening but showed it still has the resources to defend its title, especially if star striker Kylian Mbappe decides to stay.

The France international has been courted by major European teams and his future at Monaco remains unclear.

 

Jemerson netted the equaliser after Toulouse went 1-0 up
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Tolouse celebrate as they take the lead against Monaco for a second time
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Andy Delort scored one and set up another against Monaco
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Mbappe did not score but was involved in dangerous moves before he was substituted in the 75th minute through injury.

Monaco’s midfield also worked well, with Joao Moutinho releasing quick passes that caught out Toulouse’s static defense.

Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort scored for Toulouse.

Radamel Falcao was on the scoresheet as Monaco came from behind to beat Toulouse
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