Surprise in France: With Messi and Di María from the start, PSG lose to Rennes

Rennes came out aggressive in the first minutes of play. The locals pressed from the start with very high pressure, to the point that they managed to win the first corner kick of the game before 60 seconds.

The Parisians tried to establish themselves in the rival field based on short touches in the midfield and quick exits on the wings with Kylian Mbappé as a reference from the left, however, they did not manage to hurt. On the other side, Kamaldeen Sulemana was the main threat to the defense led by Marquinhos.

Despite the fact that each advance of the visiting team lit the alarms of those led by Bruno Génésio, the first danger shot was that of Jonas Martin at 16 minutes. The midfielder shot from a distance but met with contention from Ginaluigi Donnarumma.

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About halfway through the first half, PSG had a clear opportunity to open the scoring after a filtered pass from Lionel Messi to Mbappé. The French received inside the area but could not clearly define the heads-up against goalkeeper Gomis. The clock struck 30 minutes when The flea He again had an important goal chance for the Parisians when he executed almost perfectly a free kick that hit the crossbar.

When everything seemed to play in favor of the visitors, who managed to settle on the pitch and slow down the rival’s advances, it was striker Gaëtan Laborde who opened the scoring and sowed doubts. The action took place in the last play of the first half, when Sulemana, the most dangerous of Rennes’ offensive game, took the ball from the left wing and crossed for the arrival of the scorer. The attacker connected with his right leg and left Donnarumma with no options.

Rennes started the second half as they did in the first: aggressive and stinging. But this time, that intensity paid off. Rennes managed to stretch the lead at Flavien Tait’s feet as soon as he jumped onto the pitch and complicated things for PSG, who must show a more offensive side in the second 45 minutes.


Paris Saint Germain he weathered his first storm in this sky of stars and signed a resounding victory over Manchester City in the Champions League that brought relief to a dressing room that will coexist with constant rumors of tension, beyond having the constant magnifying glass of the press. With a Lionel messi in a state of grace after that knee ailment that marginalized him from two games, the combined Mauricio Pochettino will try to take another successful step in Ligue 1.

The PSG visit in the Roazhon Park to Rennes for the ninth day of the French tournament that has him as the absolute leader with a resounding statistic: he won the eight previous presentations that he had for the local tournament with 22 goals in favor and 7 against, an item that marks the imbalance between the attack and the defense as it is far from being one of the least beaten teams in the tournament.

Rennes is in 13th place with 9 points as they won two games, drew three and lost the remaining three, although they accumulate hardly a hit in the last six games he starred in.

The last defeat recorded by the Dream team of PSG happened almost two months ago when Lille beat him 1-0 in the definition of the French Super Cup and from there the team stacked nine victories and a draw – against Bruges for the Champions League -.

The success against City last week in the continental tournament served the French team to sort out some rumors of conflicts that arose especially after the early departure of Lionel messi against Lyon – which would later be confirmed to be motivated by the injury that marginalized him from two games -, the words of Kylian Mbappé upon Neymar in the substitute bench in the last game of the local tournament and the fight for the title in the arc Come in Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas.

So far, Messi adds four presentations with the PSG jersey with one goal. He made his debut in the 2-0 win against Reims and then started against Bruges, Manchester City and Lyon. “As we play more and get to know each other more, we will continue to grow with each other. AND We have to continue growing in terms of the game, at times we did very well, and we must try to extend that game, it is what will give us results in the end”, He declared about the trident that conforms with Mbappé and Neymar after that celebration against the English team led by Josep Guardiola.


Rennes: Alfred Gomis; Hamari Traoré, Warmed Omari, Naif Aguerd, Birger Meling; Benjamin Bourigeaud, Jonas Martin, Flavien Tait, Kamaldeen Sulemana; Gaetan Laborde and Martin Terrier. DT: Bruno Génésio.

PSG: Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye; Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. DT: Mauricio Pochettino.

Stadium: Roazhon Park

Schedule: 8.00

Television: ESPN