PSG booed off after 1st league residence loss in 2 yrs
Paris Saint-Germain suffered yet one more setback as they slumped to their first Ligue 1 residence defeat in nearly two years after they had been crushed 2-0 by Stade Rennais on Sunday.
Whereas they nonetheless lead second-placed Lens by 9 factors within the league standings, PSG had 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 give attention to, and Sunday’s efficiency on the Parc des Princes uncovered the capital facet’s shortcomings and put additional stress on coach Christophe Galtier after the staff had been booed off the pitch by residence followers on the closing 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 had been restricted to discovering Kylian Mbappe, whereas the defence was lower 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 crushed 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 sure we played a very bad game. There is little to say. I’m sorry for the fans who are always there. It’s not us, it’s not our team,” stated PSG midfielder Vitinha.
“We are very, very sad because we never imagined this. The club don’t deserve this. It’s not enough. We have to do better in the next game.”
On the Parc des Princes, Mbappe had two makes an attempt brilliantly denied by Steve Mandanda – a effective chip by the France ahead within the twenty sixth minute and a strong shot from inside the realm 5 minutes from the break.
Rennes, as a substitute, made probably the most of their possibilities.
On the stroke of half-time, Toko Ekambi collected an outstanding lengthy cross from Benjamin Bourigeaud and fired residence 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, but it surely was Rennes who got here closest to scoring once more by Toko Ekambi.
Third-placed Marseille may scale back PSG’s result in seven factors in the event that they beat Stade Reims afterward Sunday.