Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) lost their first Ligue 1 game of the season as Lionel Messi first tasted defeat in the French capital against Rennes. Mauricio Pochettino and co were well beaten that evening, as they lost 2-0 from home for the international break.
PSG’s withering front three of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi failed to produce the goods that night, with the home side harnessing the style to take a famous win. Marco Verratti started his first league game since returning from injury, with the Italian midfielder alongside Idrissa Gueye in the middle of the park.
Messi hit the post with a stunning free kick in the first half, but that was as close as PSG got, as Rennes took the lead through Gaetan Laborde just before half-time.
Lionel Messi still waiting for his first Ligue 1 goal for PSG
PSG suffered another crushing blow less than a minute into the second half, when Flavian Tait doubled the home side’s lead. Mbappé shot the ball into the back of the net in the 68th minute, but the Frenchman’s goal was disallowed for offside.
PSG saw a lot of the ball in the closing stages of the game, but were unable to break down a tenacious Rennes defense as the home side clung to a deserved win. PSG are still top of the Ligue 1 standings with 24 points from nine games, but their first loss of the season serves as a bit of a reality check before the international break.
When Lionel Messi and the Parisian giants succumbed to an unexpected defeat, here are some of the best reactions from the game.
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