Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi endured one other irritating day as PSG have been overwhelmed by Rennes. FRANCK FIFE/AFP through Getty Photos
Paris Saint-Germain suffered one more setback as they slumped to their first Ligue 1 dwelling defeat in virtually two years once they have been overwhelmed 2-0 by Stade Rennais on Sunday.
Whereas they nonetheless lead second-placed Lens by 9 factors within the league standings, PSG have been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich earlier this month and in addition eradicated from the French Cup by Marseille in February.
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That left solely the league title to deal with, and Sunday’s efficiency on the Parc des Princes uncovered the capital aspect’s shortcomings and put additional strain on coach Christophe Galtier after the crew have been booed off the pitch by dwelling followers on the ultimate whistle.
Sunday’s loss was PSG’s first in a house league match since since April 3, 2021, towards Lille, earlier than Lionel Messi joined the membership.
As soon as once more, their attacking plans have been restricted to discovering Kylian Mbappe, whereas the defence was less than the duty within the absence of the injured Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos.
Rennes, who prevailed with objectives by Karl Toko Ekambi and Arnaud Kalimuendo, have now overwhelmed PSG twice this season as they moved as much as fifth on 50 factors from 28 video games, 16 behind PSG.
Monaco are fourth on 54 after beating AC Ajaccio 2-0 away earlier on Sunday.
“For certain we performed a really dangerous recreation. There’s little to say. I am sorry for the followers who’re all the time there. It isn’t us, it isn’t our crew,” stated PSG midfielder Vitinha.
“We’re very, very unhappy as a result of we by no means imagined this. The membership do not deserve this. It isn’t sufficient. We’ve got to do higher within the subsequent recreation.”
Added Galtier: “You get the sensation that the gamers did not give it their all however that is not how I really feel.”
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On the Parc des Princes, Mbappe had two makes an attempt brilliantly denied by Steve Mandanda – a advantageous chip by the France ahead within the twenty sixth minute and a strong shot from inside the world 5 minutes from the break.
Rennes, as an alternative, made probably the most of their probabilities.
On the stroke of half-time, Toko Ekambi collected an outstanding lengthy move from Benjamin Bourigeaud and fired dwelling from simply contained in the field, making up for a few earlier dangerous selections.
Rennes doubled their benefit with their second shot on track, three minutes into the second half, as Kalimuendo latched onto a cross from Lesley Ugochukwu to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Ahead Hugo Ekitike changed midfielder Fabian Ruiz whereas midfielder Renato Sanches got here on for defender Juan Bernat earlier than the hour, however it was Rennes who got here closest to scoring once more by Toko Ekambi.
Afterward Sunday, Alexis Sanchez netted a double to provide Marseille all three factors at Reims, who had gone unbeaten in Ligue 1 for six months.
Reims, who had opened the scoring by Folarin Balogun, are ninth on 43 factors.