Lee and Mbappe Net Goals Leading PSG to Victory in French Champions Trophy

The French Super Cup, traditionally a season opener and often held overseas in recent years, was played this season at PSG’s home ground, deviating from its usual neutral venue. Originally scheduled for Thailand in August, the event was postponed.

In this match, reigning Ligue 1 champions PSG, coached by Luis Enrique, capitalized on their home-field advantage. They scored early with Lee converting a chance from Ousmane Dembele’s assist. Lee, who has now scored thrice this season, is poised to be key for South Korea in their pursuit of the Asian Cup, a title they haven’t won since 1960.

Toulouse, the previous season’s French Cup winners, nearly equalized in the first half. However, PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma thwarted a shot from Thijs Dallinga. Before halftime, Kylian Mbappe extended PSG’s lead, netting his 22nd goal of the season after receiving a pass from Bradley Barcola. With his contract expiring soon, Mbappe is now eligible to negotiate with other clubs.

In the second half, Achraf Hakimi’s free-kick hit the post, preventing Toulouse from falling further behind. PSG introduced Lucas Beraldo for his debut, replacing the injured Milan Skriniar, who is expected to be sidelined for upcoming matches. Coach Luis Enrique expressed concern about Skriniar’s injury, anticipating his absence in near future games.

Hakimi is set to join Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, where they are contenders. The AFCON final is scheduled for February 11, a day before the Asian Cup final. Consequently, if Hakimi and Lee reach the finals with their national teams, they will rejoin PSG just before their Champions League last-16 match against Real Sociedad on February 14.

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