PSG suffer first defeat with Messi

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Paris Saint-Germain have suffered their first defeat since Lionel Messi joined them with Rennes securing a 2-0 home win in their Ligue 1 showdown.

Argentine superstar Messi played the full 90 minutes, as did Kylian Mbappe, while Neymar played 76 before being substituted.

Gaetan Laborde put Rennes ahead on the stroke of halftime after Messi had an effort hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 31st minute.

Laborde turned provider in the 46th for midfielder Flavien Tai to double the advantage.

"They were missing something today," Tait said.

PSG's pre-game routine was hampered because of heavy wind and rain, the team unable to fly to Brittany on Saturday night and arriving at the stadium by coach and car instead.

"The first person responsible is me," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said after he was outwitted by Rennes coach Bruno Genesio.

"I'm a little bit angry.

"Without underestimating what Rennes did, we are frustrated and disappointed that we did not convert our chances and to concede these goals.

"These situations leave us bitter and disappointed."

While PSG had won all eight of their league games before Sunday, they did need stoppage-time goals to edge past Lyon and Metz.

PSG are six points ahead of second-placed Lens and eight clear of third-placed Nice, who have played one game less.

Last-placed Saint-Etienne scored with an injury-time penalty to tie bitter local rivals Lyon 1-1.

Tunisia forward Wahbi Khazri's spot kick for the hosts in the fifth minute of stoppage time came when video review detected a handball by Lyon defender Jason Denayer.

Mid-table Lyon - who had taken the lead through Houssem Aouar - missed the chance to go fifth while Saint-Etienne have just four points and are yet to win.

Lyon finished the game a man down after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was sent off in the 74th for handling the ball outside the penalty area.

Marseille, who were mourning the loss of iconic former president Bernard Tapie, who died aged 78 on Sunday morning from cancer, lost 2-0 at defending champions Lille with Jonathon Davies bagging a double.

Lille and Marseille fans joined together in a moment's applause before the game as a picture of Tapie was beamed on the stadium scoreboard. Marseille players wore black armbands.

Marseille finished with 10 players after Turkey winger Cengiz Under was sent off in the 77th for a high tackle.

Elsewhere, Monaco defeat Bordeaux 3-0, Angers beat Metz 3-2 with 17-year-old forward Mohamed-Ali Cho among the scorers, Nantes accounted for Troyes 2-0 and Lorient drew 1-1 with Clermont.

with Reuters

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