PSG held to a 1-1 draw by Toulouse, still waiting for first win


PSG visited Toulouse on Saturday for MD2 of Ligue 1 and they came back home with another draw in their bags after their first matchup on the road finished in a 1-1 result with the lone goal scored by Paris hit by off-the-bench Kylian Mbappe from the penalty spot.

Paris Saint-Germain, eager to rebound from their earlier lackluster performance against Lorient, hoped for a decisive victory on their visit to leseer opponents Toulouse.

The French champions broke the deadlock through a dramatic penalty. Kylian Mbappe, who entered the game from the bench already in the second half, turned out to be a game-changer if only for 20 minutes. He won a penalty kick, converted it in the 62nd minute, put PSG in the lead, but he could do nothing else to help PSG earn three points because of his friend Achraf Hakimi's reckless behavior late in the second half.

Toulouse's Zakaria Aboukhlal responded to Mbappe's penalty kick with a composed penalty goal of his own in the 87th minute, leveling the score at 1-1 and sending the home crowd into a frenzy and PSG home with another paltry point.

Despite PSG's dominance in possession of the ball, as is usually the case with Luis Enrique-coached teams, their attempts to find the net were repeatedly thwarted.

Achraf Hakimi and Goncalo Ramos couldn't convert their chances, while Toulouse's defensive tactics held firm against the Parisian onslaught.

The tactical battle between the two teams was evident from the outset, with the visitors on attack mode and the hosts defending their fort. PSG's Vitinha started in a rare position on the right wing, while Toulouse's Gabriel Suazo played a key role in altering their formation during possession.

As the game progressed, PSG's strategic substitutions, including Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembélé, injected fresh energy. Hakimi shifted to the left wing, and Marquinhos adjusted to a new role on the right, altering the game's momentum.

As the final whistle blew, the score remained tied at 1-1, a testament to the resilience of Toulouse and the bad performance of a superior Paris Saint-Germain on paper that couldn't transform that in actual in-game advantages.

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