Paris Saint-Germain’s good begin to the brand new season in Ligue 1 resulted in a 2-0 defeat at Rennes on Sunday.
Their race of eight straight victories made them end clear at the highest of the desk, however now they’re getting into the worldwide break behind a disappointing loss in a recreation the place they have been clearly second finest.
Lionel Messi got here near giving PSG the lead after seven minutes. Angel Di Maria and Achraf Hakimi mixed effectively down the precise whereas main a counterattack and Morocco’s worldwide picked out Messi on the sting of the field, however his decided effort was blocked.
However, Rennes appeared on the extra rounded group within the opening modifications. Gaetan Laborde and Kamaldeen Sulemana each went near the dwelling aspect, earlier than Neymar and Kylian Mbappe each by some means crushed one-on-one probabilities from six yards out over the crossbar.
Messi then rocked the woodwork with a free kick and PSG started to seek out some rhythm, lastly merging passes within the final third and breaking down Rennes.
But simply when Les Parisiens gained a foothold within the match, Rennes took the lead at half-time. Sulemana’s annoying cross was met by Laborde, who snuck in only earlier than Nuno Mendes on the far put up to open the scoring.
PSG additionally endured a nightmare begin within the second half and launched instantly after the kick-off. Laborde’s low ball over the purpose floor was struck dwelling by Flavien Tait and all of the sudden Mauricio Pochettino’s males had a mountain to climb.
Mbappe thought he had withdrawn one after the hour, however was judged to have been offside within the build-up and the purpose – which was PSG’s solely shot on purpose all through the match – was dominated out.
Rennes have been awarded a penalty late when Hakimi knocked down Laborde, however the referee reversed the determination after a VAR test and PSG have been saved one other embarrassment, however nonetheless left Roazhon Park together with his tail between his legs.
Mende’s inexperience was clear to see / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 5/10 – Made some respectable saves at 0-0, however misplaced command of his space and nearly talked himself right into a crimson card.
Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 4/10 – Useful ahead however too weak defensively.
Marquinhos (CB) – 6/10 – Did a few latest wiretaps however was hardly spectacular.
Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 4/10 – Saw robust all the way in which out and didn’t encourage confidence.
Nuno Mendes (LB) – 3/10 – Poor child, not his fault he is been thrown into the beginning lineup for the Harlem Globetrotters. But he was simply so unhealthy with and with out the ball.
Messi was PSG’s finest participant / Visionhaus / Getty Images
Marco Verratti (CM) – 5/10 – Pep Guardiola might love him, however unsure Pochettino will accomplish that after such a passive efficiency.
Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 5/10 – Played with power but it surely’s pretty much as good because it bought for him.
Lionel Messi (AM) – 7/10 – The alternative to create one thing out of nothing got here in useful and was the perfect participant on the sphere in the primary half. However, couldn’t discover a crucial goal.
Neymar was terrible / Marc Atkins / Getty Images
Angel Di Maria (RW) – 6/10 – Impressive when he had the ball in attacking areas, however not sufficient to seek out a approach by.
Kylian Mbappe (CF) – 5/10 – Had probabilities and was energetic however you by no means felt his coronary heart was in it.
Neymar (LW) – 3/10 – Could not even play fundamental passes, not to mention carve Rennes brazenly. Hooked with quarter-hour left and PSG chased the recreation.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – N / A
Other Herrera (CM) – N / A
Mauro Icardi (CF) – N / A