Mbappe misses twice-taken penalty for PSG, limps off injured

AP , Wednesday 1 Feb 2023

Kylian Mbappe missed a twice-taken penalty for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and then blazed over an open goal when the ball fell back to him on his second effort.

PSG s Kylian Mbappe, left, is challenged by Montpellier s Boubakar Kouyate during the French League One soccer match between Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain at the State La Mosson stadium in Montpellier, France, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The World Cup star then went off injured midway through the first half against Montpellier.

PSG were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute via video replay when central defender Christopher Jullien was adjudged to have pulled back Sergio Ramos.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte saved Mbappe's first effort and, after the referee ordered it to be re-taken, made an outstanding save to push Mbappe's effort onto the right post.

Mbappe somehow missed an open goal when the rebound fell to him and he blazed the ball high over the crossbar. Mbappe, who scored two penalties in his hat trick for France in the World Cup final and another one in the penalty shootout loss to Argentina, looked stunned.

Mbappe sat down and pointed to his left thigh following a challenge. He was substituted in the 21st and was able to walk off the field.

Ramos went off injured after about 30 minutes.

PSG face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 14.

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