PSG suffer surprise Ligue 1 defeat at home

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Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a disappointing 2-0 loss against Stade Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening.

Paris Saint-Germain were without Sergio Ramos and Carlos Soler through injury, as they joined Neymar in the treatment table while Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi led the front line.

PSG had the dominance of possession in the early stages, as they made Rennes to chase and run but they could not yet get decisive in the final third.

The hosts eventually found a big chance on 26 minutes after Messi slid Mbappe through on goal but the French forward's chip hit the face of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in a one-on-one.

Christopher Galtier's charges had the momentum as Mbappe got behind the Rennes defence once again just after the half-hour mark after a chip over the top by Messi but his volleyed shot was dealt with by Mandada, who collected at the second attempt.

In their first dangerous attack, the visitors managed to break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time after Karl Toko Ekambi controlled a cross in the box with his chest and fired a strike into the bottom corner.

Rennes  had a perfect start in the second stanza as Arnaud Kalimuendo doubled their lead just two minutes from the break after a pass by Lesley Ugochukwu, who went through on goal.

PSG reacted with a double tactical change towards the hour-mark, as Renato Sanchez replaced Juan Bernat while Hugo Ekitike took the place of Fabian Ruiz, both to add numbers in attack.

Rennes frustrated the Parisians, as the hosts only threatened to reduce the deficit six minutes before time after Mbappe's curling shot was kept out off the line by Mandanda at full stretch.

The writing was on the wall for PSG after that as they lacked an extra gear up top and lost their fourth game of the season at the top of the log while Rennes moved up to fifth.

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