Europe round-up: Mbappé on the bench in PSG draw, Pulisic scores Milan winner | European club football

The leaders of Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain There was a 2-2 draw at home Reims after PSG coach Luis Enrique left top scorer Kylian Mbappé on the bench.

PSG extended their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 20 games but it was the third straight draw for the defending champions after Reims impressed despite an own goal. With both teams picking up a point, PSG extended its lead over second-placed Brest to 10 points, while Reims are in ninth place with 35 points.

“I can only wish Kylian Mbappé the best; “These are the best things for the future,” Luis Enrique said in a post-match interview, continuing to dodge questions about the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. “He is a very good player, but even more so a good person and I wish him nothing but the best of the best.”

Mbappé has regularly played 90 minutes this season but has yet to play a full game for PSG, having informed the club last month that he would be leaving them as a free agent at the end of this season.

Reims shocked the league leaders by taking the lead in the seventh minute, silencing the fans at the Parc des Princes after Oumar Diakité capitalized on a mistake by PSG’s Achraf Hakimi.

But PSG didn’t need much time to get the home crowd going again, thanks to an own goal when defender Yunis Abdelhamid headed a corner into the box. Two minutes later, Gonçalo Ramos gave PSG the lead when Lee Kang-in’s ball flown into the penalty area was not cleared and the ball kindly fell to the Portuguese striker, who scored to make the final score 2-1.

Gonçalo Ramos gave PSG a 2-1 lead with a left-footed shot. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

However, Reims made it 2-2 when Diakité took advantage of PSG’s high line and beat the offside trap to block Emmanuel Agbadou’s great pass and then direct his shot past Keylor Navas into the goal.

Enrique brought both Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé – who leads the league’s assists list with seven assists – into play in the 73rd minute as PSG searched for a winner, but the substitutions did not change the result as Reims secured a valuable point secured.

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A goal from Christian Pulisic was enough to win Milan a 1-0 home win over Stümper Empoli in Serie A. Pulisic’s shot was deflected past goalkeeper Elia Caprile by Sebastiano Luperto, and although the flag was raised for offside on Noah Okafor, the American was awarded his eighth league goal of the season following a VAR review.

“I think I’m in great shape, I’ve received a lot of trust from my teammates, the staff and the whole environment,” Pulisic told DAZN. “It’s a good feeling, both the three points and the goal, even if it was a bit lucky.”

Milan have 59 points, two ahead of Juventus, which hosts Atalanta later on Sunday, with Internazionale at the top with 75 points. Empoli is in 16th place with 25 points, one point above the relegation zone.

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