Star-studded PSG suffer first Ligue 1 loss

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain's perfect start to the Ligue 1 season came to an end after a 2-0 defeat to Rennes on Sunday afternoon.

There was little tinkering from PSG from Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage win over Manchester City, as Angel Di Maria came in for Ander Herrera.

Star man Lionel Messi, on the back of his first goal, looked to make it two goals in two matches with a ball towards the bottom-corner early on but the host smothered.

Rennes were least bothered by the Parisans early forays and carved out their own chance from a move outside the area by Jonas Martin, but the strike travelled beyond target.

The Parisans squandered a glorious chance in the middle of the first half after Messi sneaked a ball through for Kylian Mbappe, but the latter missed with only the goalkeeper to beat.

PSG launched their best opportunity on the half-hour mark when Messi’s free-kick from 25 yards out cracked the top of the crossbar with Alfred Gomis beaten.

Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit trailed at the break after Gaetan Laborde met a cross from the left-wing by Kamaldeen Sulemana to steer beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma.

PSG trailed again after the restart when Laborde’s low cross into the area connected perfectly with Flavien Tait, who dragged the delivery past Donnarumma.

Mbappe pulled PSG a lifeline midway through the second half with a composed finish from a one-two with Di Maria, but it was disallowed for offside following a review by the officiating team.

Rennes looked certain for a third in the final exchanges through the awarding of a penalty-kick, but it was overturned by the referee after reviewing the incident as it finished 2-0.

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