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PSG records first season defeat during French league encounter

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The France football giant, Paris Saint-German (PSG), has suffered its first Ligue one season’s defeat after losing 2-0 away to Rennes.

Inspite of the defeat, PSG maintained its grip on the league summit with 24 points and closely followed by Lens that had 18 points after nine games on the log.

The victory against the Paris club on Sunday has propelled Rennes into the eighth position on the table and was trailed by Lyon on the same points but with a match at hand to stay in the ninth position.

All through 90 minutes of the game, Argentine forward, Lionel Messi, and his Brazilian teammate, Neymar, and France striker, Kalian Mbappe could not break down the Rennes defence easily and the closest they could come was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) as offside.

The three players and their teammates could not turn around the game after the hosts scored two quick goals on either side of half-time through Gatetan Laborde and Flavien Tait, ending PSG 100% start in Ligue 1.

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

The defeat ended their six months unbeaten run which started after they lost against last season’s eventual champions, Lille, in April.

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

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

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