Paris Saint-Germain suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday when they were beaten 2-0 in Rennes on Sunday.
Rennes won thanks to goals from Gaetan Laborde and Flavian Tait on either side of the break to end PSG’s eight-game winning streak in the league and inflict their first league loss in eight months.
PSG, beaten by Lille in the pre-season Trophy of Champions, remained at the top of the standings with 24 points, six ahead of second-placed RC Lens who defeated Stade de Reims 2-0 on Friday.
“We played very good quality for 25-30 minutes. We had the game under control. We swallowed the goal at a strong moment for them. When we started the second half, we were immediately 2-0 down, it was a another game after that,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.
“I’m a little angry. Without underestimating what Rennes did, we are frustrated and disappointed that we didn’t take our chances and swallow these goals. These situations leave us bitter and disappointed.”
Five days after an impressive win over Manchester City in the Champions League, PSG started lively, but lacked sharpness when Neymar skied an attempt over the crossbar from close range in the 22nd minute.
Lionel Messi’s 25-yard free kick crashed into the crossbar and although he paired well with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the visitors struggled to break the deadlock.
Rennes, who had less than 72 hours to recover on Thursday after a win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League, continued clinically on the stroke of half-time.
Laborde scored his sixth goal of the season by volleying from a cross from Kamaldeen Sulemana.
After not getting a single shot on target in the first half, PSG got chills immediately after the break when Tait scored from a cross from Laborde.
The hugely disappointing Neymar was substituted for Mauro Icardi in the 76th minute, but the Argentine failed to inspire PSG, who also failed to collect a shot on goal in the second half. Rennes moved up to seventh on 12 points.
In the meantime, Small handed over Marseille their second consecutive Ligue 1 defeat when Jonathan David’s double gave them a 2-0 home win on Sunday when the visitors ended with 10 men.
David struck after 28 minutes and again deep into stoppage time to lift the French champions to eighth in the standings with 14 points from nine games as they continue to recover from a poor start to the season.
The result left Marseille, which suffered its first league defeat to RC Lens last weekend, in fifth place with 14 points, although Provence has a game on their hands.
La Liga: Real stunned by Espanyol as misery continues
Real Madrid’s stuttering form continued on Sunday when they were stunned 2-1 at Espanyol in LaLiga.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now without a win in three games in all competitions, but remain at the top with 17 points, ahead of city rivals Atletico Madrid on goal difference.
A goal in both halves from Raul De Tomas and Aleix Vidal was enough for Espanyol to secure the three points against Real. The Catalans moved up to 12th place with nine points.
Karim Benzema’s curled effort cut the deficit in half 19 minutes before time, but Real were unable to equalize and Eden Hazard’s late attempt was disallowed for offside.
“We were not comfortable. We conceded early and that makes the game more difficult for you,” said Real defender Nacho.
“They came a lot behind us and we need to work on our defensive game and that comes with games.
“We are missing some players, but we still have a good squad and we should do better than in our last three games. We have to improve at the back and react.”
Bundesliga: Frankfurt wins at Bayern
Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic scored a goal in the 83rd minute to stun Bayern Munich and take a 2-1 Bundesliga win on Sunday, securing a first league win at Bayern in 21 years and ending the nine-game winning streak of the hosts in all competitions.
Kostic grabbed the ball from the edge of the penalty area, charged forward and defeated goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a powerful low drive in the 83rd minute to seal Eintracht’s first win of the season.
Despite their first defeat, the Bavarians remain in the lead with 16 points from seven games, one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg in second and third place respectively.
The home side took the lead when Leon Goretzka took advantage of a Martin Hinteregger error in the 29th minute to score.
The Austrian defender quickly made up for it by shooting a header into the net three minutes later for the equalizer.
Both teams each had a chance to take the lead before half time, with Eintracht’s Almamy Toure forcing a great save from Neuer 43 minutes later and Bayern’s Serge Gnabry hitting the post from close range a minute later.
Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp was kept busy in the second half, repeatedly denying Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Robert Lewandowski as the hosts pushed forward in search of the winner.
Still, it was Eintracht who scored what turned out to be the winner against the turn of events via Kostic before Trapp made another key save in stoppage time to put a Goretzka shot wide.
Serie A: Napoli recover to maintain perfect start
Naples came from behind to take a 2-1 win at Fiorentina Sunday in Serie A, leaving them the only team in the top five in Europe this season with a record 100 percent.
The front-runners started slow and were penalized in the 28th minute when Lucas Martinez Quarta took advantage of a slack marker to put Fiorentina in a deserved lead.
The opener was a wake-up call for Napoli, with Hirving Lozano leveling them 10 minutes later, after goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski brilliantly saved a penalty from Lorenzo Insigne.
Victor Osimhen almost gave Napoli the lead before half-time with a spectacular overhead kick. The visitors didn’t have to wait much longer for the turnaround, however, as Amir Rrahmani gave them a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.
Napoli had even more chances to make the win more comfortable, but saw the game to secure a seventh straight win and stay on top, four points clear of second-placed Inter Milan.
Fiorentina remain fifth after their third loss of the season.
Elsewhere, Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrated the signing of a new contract and his recall from the Italian national team by setting Rome en route to a comfortable 2-0 win over empoli.
The 25-year-old midfielder signed a new contract to remain in the Italian capital for the game until 2026, and Roma shot forward three minutes before halftime, days after being included in Azzurri’s roster for this week’s Nations League final. .
Henrikh Mkhitaryan had two goals ahead of Roma three minutes later, reacting first after Tammy Abraham’s powerful attack came back from the crossbar, after which the hosts were able to take their foot off the gas and take the win with ease.
The result kept Jose Mourinho’s side fourth in the standings, six points behind leader Napoli, while Empoli remained 10th.
Fernando Forestieri’s late equalizer deserved Udinese a point in a pulsating 3-3 draw on sampdoria, while Hellas Verona thrashed Herb 4-0 in Venice.