Paris Saint-Germain’s star forward Kylian Mbappe found himself in an unexpected situation following his team’s 1-0 defeat against in the Champions League semi-final first-leg clash on Wednesday night. 

 

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The highly anticipated fixture at Signal Iduna Park saw Bundesliga side Dortmund secure a narrow victory, leaving PSG trailing but still in contention for a turnaround in the second leg.

 

Niclas Fullkrug’s sole goal in the 36th minute proved decisive for Dortmund, despite PSG’s efforts to break through their stern defense. 

 

While Jadon Sancho dazzled for the German side, Mbappe, who played a pivotal role in PSG’s previous victory over Atletico Madrid, struggled to find his usual rhythm, managing only a few opportunities on goal, including hitting the post in the second half.

 

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However, Mbappe’s challenges extended beyond the pitch. Following the conclusion of the match, while his teammates boarded the team bus bound for the airport, the French international was left behind at the stadium. 

 

The reason for his delay was revealed to be mandatory drug testing in accordance with UEFA protocol.

 

As his teammates departed, Mbappe had to remain at the stadium until the testing process was completed. Once cleared, he rejoined his team via private transport and eventually caught up with the rest of the squad at the airport.

 

Despite the setback, PSG remains optimistic about their chances in the second leg, which will be held at the Parc des Princes. Mbappe, in particular, will be keen to make his mark and potentially add to his impressive Champions League goal tally. 

 

Currently standing at 48 goals in the competition, the 25-year-old is on the brink of equaling compatriot Thierry Henry’s record, positioning himself as the joint-eighth highest scorer in the history of the Champions League.

 

Mbappe’s pursuit of this milestone adds an extra layer of motivation, especially considering his impending departure from PSG on a free transfer in the summer. 

 

With speculation surrounding his next destination, the French forward has every incentive to showcase his prowess and influence in the crucial upcoming fixture.

 

Should Mbappe find the back of the net twice in the second leg against Dortmund, he will surpass Henry’s tally and set his sights on Thomas Muller’s impressive record of 53 Champions League goals. 

 

As PSG prepares for the decisive showdown, all eyes will be on Mbappe to deliver a performance worthy of his reputation as one of the world’s most formidable talents on the grandest stage of European football.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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