Paris SG loses ground again against Rennes
Paris Saint-Germain, without flavor or intensity, fell at the Parc des Princes against Rennes (2-0), carried by a great Steve Mandanda in his cages, Sunday during the 28th day of Ligue 1.
This time, Kylian Mbappé, captain, could not save Paris, despite his numerous appeals. He still went to greet the fans at the end of the match, unlike Leo Messi, who returned to the locker room at the final whistle.
Well taken by the Rennais, the French striker was not helped by the Argentinian, invisible during the match. He had received a few whistles when the composition of the match was announced.
Almost non-existent in the second half and overwhelmed in defense – largely overhauled due to injuries to Marquinhos, Ramos and Kimpembe – the Parisians were also dominated in the duels.
And when they approached the Rennes cages, Steve Mandanda made superb saves, especially on a curling shot from Marco Verratti (84th).
In front, the Rennais were carried by a very good Kalimuendo (47th), omnipresent, and by Benjamin Bourigeaud, author of the decisive pass on the goal of Toko Ekambi (44th).
With a victory in Reims on Sunday evening, Olympique de Marseille could come back to within seven points of the Parisians. Lens is provisional second with nine points behind.
Already a winner in the first leg, Rennes have won their two confrontations with PSG this season.
Monaco has found success in Ajaccio (2-0) after three games without a win, and is still in the running for the podium, while Nice was scared in Lorient but remains undefeated (1-1) for eleven matches in League 1.
– Ben Yedder joins Lacazette –
In a fairly average match where the Corsicans were reduced to ten for forty minutes, the Monegasques opened the scoring through Ben Yedder (26th), who joined Alexandre Lacazette with 17 goals this season.
At the end of the match (84th), Monaco doubled the bet thanks to Krepin Diatta, while Ajaccio set the pace to equalize.
Just before the second goal, the Corsican Kevin Spadanuda spun to the goal but was perfectly stopped by Axel Disasi, captain, who was called up to the French team in stride to replace William Saliba, injured.
With 54 points, Monaco consolidates its fourth place just before the international break, and is getting closer to Olympique de Marseille (3rd, 56 points), which travels to Reims on Sunday evening.
For Ajaccio, the situation is more complicated. Beaten six times in the last seven days, the Corsicans remain 18th and relegated.
Undefeated in Ligue 1 since January 11 and the only French representative in European competition, Nice (7th, 44 points) was scared in Lorient, just behind the Azureans in the standings (8th, 44 points).
Led in the score from the half hour mark, Didier Digard’s men, who had also been hooked last weekend by Nantes, equalized thanks to Gaëtan Laborde (77th).
Called for the first time with the Blues, Khephren Thuram was omnipresent and even almost caused a penalty for Nice, which was finally canceled by the VAR.
Still held in check, Nice lost points for Europe, behind Rennes (5th).
In a match at the bottom of the table, Brest (16th) and Troyes (18th) neutralized each other (2-2).