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PSG loses 2-0 to Rennes as Messi suffers his first defeat

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Paris St-Germain lost 2-0 to Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday as Lionel Messi suffered his first defeat since arriving at the club.

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Rennes scored two quick goals either side of half-time through Gatetan Laborde and Flavien Tait.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side did not have a single shot on target, despite Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all starting.

The defeat is PSG’s first in Ligue 1 since April, when they were beaten by last season’s eventual champions Lille.

Rennes opened the scoring on 44 minutes when Laborde converted from Kamaldeen Sulemana’s superb cross.

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Tait added a second soon after the restart with a sweeping finish into the bottom corner.

After slicing an effort high over the bar in the first half, Mbappe thought he had pulled a goal back for Pochettino’s side midway through the second half, only for it to be ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee (VAR).

The Frenchman is now on a run of five games without a goal in all competitions.

PSG were spared further damage when referee Ruddy Buquet reversed his decision to award Rennes a penalty for Achraf Hakimi’s foul on Laborde after checking the pitchside monitor.

Neymar missed a volley in the first half and Idrissa Gueye fired wide of the post, but Lionel Messi came closest for PSG when he hit the crossbar from a free-kick.

Bruno Genesio’s Rennes side had only won twice in Ligue 1 heading into Sunday’s game, but were clinical in front of goal and scored from two of their four shots on target.

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The result leaves PSG top of Ligue 1 on 24 points, six points clear of Lens, while Rennes move up to seventh.


Rennes squad

Formation 4-4-2

16Gomis 27Traoré 23Omari 6Aguerd 25Meling

14Bourigeaud 28Martin 20Tait 10Sulemana

24Laborde 7Terrier


1Salin 3Truffert 4Badé 8Santamaría 9Guirassy 17Tchaouna 18Abline 22Assignon 26Ugochukwu

PSG squad

Formation 4-2-3-1

50G Donnarumma

2Hakimi 5Marquinhos 3Kimpembe 25Tavares Mendes

27Gueye 6Verratti

11Di María 30Messi 10Neymar



1Navas 8Paredes 9Icardi 12Rafinha 15Danilo 18Wijnaldum 21Herrera 22Diallo 24Kehrer


Written by Ishaq Mustafa

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