After their defeat against Clermont (2-1), Stade Rennais was able to bounce back and offered themselves the scalp of PSG at home on Sunday evening. Apathetic offensively, the Parisians logically lost (1-0) after an achievement by captain Hamari Traoré (65th). This defeat narrows the gap at the top of the standings, the capital club having only three points ahead of Lens after 19 days.
The game: 1-0
The Parisians knew that this trip to Brittany was going to be complicated to negotiate. Before the meeting, PSG and Rennes had two wins each in their last five oppositions. Well organized in 5-3-2, Bruno Genesio’s men crisscrossed the inside of the game to prevent Messi and Neymar from expressing themselves. Lacking inspiration, PSG certainly put their foot on the ball in the first quarter of an hour, but the situations were far too rare. It is also the Bretons who, during the first period, have obtained the clearest opportunities. Twice, the former titi Arnaud Kalimuendo tried to open the scoring against his training club, but came up against Gianluigi Donnaruma (7th, 28th). Amine Gouiri also tried from a distance, but also found the gloves of the Italian (39th).
Without Kylian Mbappé, replacing after his vacation in New York, the leaders of the Championship seriously lacked verticality. Lionel Messi was forced to go down in the central circle, often in the right half-space, to transplant and orchestrate the game thanks to his passes. If Paris purred in the first half, Warren Zaire-Emery delivered a sober but serene first act for his first tenure. Physically present in the few duels he had to negotiate, the 16-year-old showed his maturity.
To overcome this lack of rhythm, Christophe Galtier launched Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi in place of Hugo Ekitike and Nordi Mukiele (55th). But the striker’s entry didn’t change everything. On the left side, Truffert sent a cross back to Traoré. The captain perfectly crossed his shot from the left low to the ground. (1-0, 65th).
Mbappé had the opportunity to respond quickly to this opener, but the vice-world champion completely missed his face-to-face (68th). It took until the 81st minute for Paris to frame their first strike, on a recovery from Juan Bernat. Apart from that, not much to get your teeth into, apart from a mess in added time which could have benefited Christophe Galtier’s men, but this evening was that of Rennes.
The Rennais chained their ninth victory in a row at home, the best series in the history of the club.
The player: Exemplary Hamari Traoré
Captain Rennais chose his moment well to open his counter this season. Well placed on Truffert’s cross, his goal rewarded his team’s coherent game plan. On the defensive side, he was attentive by dismissing a last hot situation in additional time against Kylian Mbappé (90th + 5).