FRENCH LIGUE 1

Route de Lorient , France

Attendance: 28233

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Stade Rennes

  • Romain Alessandrini 67'

1 - 3

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Paris Saint-Germain

  • Thiago Motta 19'
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic 52' PEN
  • Edinson Cavani 90' +1'

Rennes beaten as PSG march on

PA Sport

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Rennes.

Paris Saint-Germain consolidated their position at the top of Ligue 1 table with a routine 3-1 win over mid-table Rennes.

The defending champions had lost on their last four visits to the Stade de la Route de Lorient, but Thiago Motta gave them a half-time lead which was extended by Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Johnson: Team performance carries PSG past Rennes

Romain Alessandrini gave the home crowd hope of a comeback with a free-kick, but Edinson Cavani's strike in the final minute wrapped up PSG's sixth victory in seven league matches.

It took very little time for Laurent Blanc's men to settle, and a free-kick from Ibrahimovic after eight minutes gave Rennes something to think about as it skimmed the right-hand post on its way past.

The hosts failed to heed the warning, however, and were behind 10 minutes later when a poor clearance from Ezequiel Lavezzi's corner fell kindly for Motta, who curled left footed beyond the reach of Benoit Costil.

This time Rennes responded, and Armel Kana-Biyik was unfortunate to see his header from Alessandrini's corner on the half hour go narrowly wide.

And the pair combined again as the interval approached, with another precise set-piece from Alessandrini volleyed inches past the right post by the Cameroon defender.

Instead, it was PSG who doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half with a penalty from Ibrahimovic, who was brought down in the area by Cedric Hountondji.

Rennes managed to get themselves on the scoresheet after 67 minutes through Alessandrini, whose free-kick found a way over the wall and goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

But PSG continued to look a class above and a third goal late on confirmed their superiority, with Marco Verratti laying the ball off for Cavani to round a defender and slot home.

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Scoring Summary

  • Stade Rennes
  • Paris Saint-Germain
(19') Thiago Motta
(pen 52') Zlatan Ibrahimovic
(90 + 1') Edinson Cavani

Match Stats

  • Stade Rennes
  • Paris Saint-Germain
6(2) Shots (on goal) 7(5)
11 Fouls 19
9 Corner kicks 4
0 Offsides 4
36% Time of Possession 64%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 1

Teams

  • Stade Rennes
  • Paris Saint-Germain
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