European overview: toothless Rennes PSG, first defeat of the season | European club football
Paris Saint Germain suffered their first loss of the season when they were beaten 2-0 to Reindeer Sunday to lose their first Ligue 1 points of the season. The hosts won thanks to goals from Gaëtan Laborde and Flavien Tait on either side of the interval to end PSG’s streak of eight league wins.
PSG, whose last defeat dates back to the French Supercup against Lille, remains at the top of Ligue 1 with 24 points, six ahead of RC Lens, second. Rennes climbed to seventh place with 12 points.
Five days after an impressive victory over Manchester City in the Champions League, PSG got off the ground but showed a lack of cruelty when Neymar skied a close range attempt in the 22nd minute. Lionel Messi’s free kick crashed into the crossbar and although he combined well with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the visitors struggled to break the deadlock.
Rennes, who had beaten Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League less than 72 hours earlier, clinically took the lead on the halftime stroke, with Laborde clinically coming home from a cross from Kamaldeen Sulemana.
PSG were taken aback just after the break when Tait shot a Laborde cross.
The very disappointing Neymar was replaced by Mauro Icardi in the 76th minute, but the Argentine failed to inspire PSG, who failed to register a shot on target the entire match. Rennes kept their cool in the finals by giving PSG their first away league defeat in eight months.
that of Real Madrid form of stuttering continued when they were knocked out 2-1 to Espanyol in La Liga.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are now winless in three games in all competitions but remain at the top of the standings with 17 points, ahead of their rival Atlético Madrid on goal difference.
One goal in each half from Raúl de Tomás and Aleix Vidal was enough for Espanyol to score all three points against Real.
Karim Benzema’s coiled effort halved the deficit with 19 minutes to go, but Real couldn’t find an equalizer as Eden Hazard’s late effort was ruled out for offside.
In Italy, Scottish midfielder Aaron Hickey was on target as Bologna clinched a comfortable 3-0 victory over a Lazio. Musa Barrow gave the home side a 14th-minute lead with a sumptuous curly finish before Arthur Theate stepped in a second three minutes later. Hickey’s second goal of the season in the 68th minute capped a fine afternoon for Bologna, who claimed their first victory in four games.
Lazio’s miserable afternoon was rounded off by Francesco Acerbi’s late red card. Bologna moved up to ninth place, tied on points with seventh Lazio.