Messi Suffers First PSG Defeat In Loss At Rennes

Lionel Messi suffered his first defeat as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Sunday as their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season ended with a 2-0 loss at Rennes.

The Argentina star smacked the crossbar with a free-kick in the first half at Roazhon Park before GaetanLaborde volleyed Rennes ahead just before the break with his league-leading sixth goal.

FlavienTait struck less than 20 seconds after half-time to double the lead for Rennes, with KylianMbappe seeing a goal ruled out for offside as PSG’s eight-match winning run in the league this term ended.

PSG lost in the league for the first time since April, when they were beaten 1-0 at home by last season’s eventual champions Lille.

Messi lined up alongside Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria for just the second match, making only his second league start for PSG after missing the past two Ligue 1 games with a knee injury.

GianluigiDonnarumma again got the nod ahead of KeylorNavas in goal, having kept a clean sheet midweek in PSG’s Champions League win over Manchester City.

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