Covid leveller: Depleted PSG start season with a loss to Lens

September 11 – A depleted Paris St-Germain, rocked by an outbreak of Covid-19 that ripped through the heart of the squad, kicked off their season in the worst possible fashion on Thursday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens.

No fewer than seven of their star players were missing after testing positive for coronavirus, including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

They could only field four of those who started  the Champions League final on August 23

PSG had third-choice keeper Marcin Bulka in goal and it was the 20-year-old who handed Lens the win with an awful blunder 11 minutes after the break to send 3,800 fans who were allowed into the Stade Bollaert-Delelis into raptures.

PSG take on arch-rivals Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday before another home match with Metz – which was their original opening fixture – on Wednesday and a trip to Nice the following Sunday.

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