Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Which world order? Trump, Macron spell out rival visions at U.N.

Read more

ENCORE!

Debra Granik: 'There aren't many women who love making films about blood and gore'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Medical breakthrough? Researchers find way to tackle Alzheimer's

Read more

FOCUS

Jihadists, but no terror attacks: The case of Italy

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

A controversial pastor in Haiti, pollution in Casablanca, and more

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Photojournalist Reza: 'Children are now the best photographers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Instagram founders quit photo app

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed at least 227

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential parody: The unofficial Elysée shop

Read more

Sports

PSG bounce back to cruise past Rennes 3-1

© AFPfootball

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-15

Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from a poor run of form by defeating Rennes 3-1 Saturday to consolidate their top spot in the French league.

PSG star players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani again featured on the scoresheet at Stade Rennes, though Thiago Motta put PSG ahead with a superb first-half strike, curling a shot into the bottom corner of the net to open the scoring in the 19th minute.

Ibrahimovic netted his 14th league goal of the season when he converted a penalty seven minutes after the break. Rennes winger Romain Alessandrini scored a powerful free kick in the 67th but Cavani sealed the win by finishing off a counterattack in stoppage time.

The Paris club moved up to 43 points from 18 games, with second-placed Monaco on 38 ahead of their trip to Guingamp later on Saturday. Lille are third with 36.

“It looks easy but we still have to win our matches,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “When we’re a bit below par, the opponents can create problems for us.”

PSG was under pressure after losing two of its three previous matches in all competitions. Still, with Ibrahimovic and other key PSG players back after missing the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Benfica on Tuesday, they were expected to easily beat 13th-placed Rennes.

PSG dominated

PSG dominated possession and converted its first scoring chance when Motta stole the ball from Alessandrini to fire home a low drive from the edge of the box.

Rennes threatened only from set-pieces in the first half. Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik headed wide a corner from Alessandrini in the 32nd before pouncing on a poor clearance from a corner to shoot wide in the 43rd.

PSG doubled the lead shortly after halftime.

Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil stopped a point-blank shot from Argentinian winger Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 51st but his team gave away a penalty in the next minute when Cedric Hountondji tripped PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Ibrahimovic scored from the spot by sending Costil the wrong way.

The hosts cut PSG’s lead with a 25-yard free kick from Alessandrini that goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu could only palm into his net.

Rennes came close to equalizing in the 71st when Alessandrini fed Anders Konradsen, but Sirigu saved the Norway international’s effort from a tight angle.

Cavani put the result beyond doubt in the first minute of stoppage time, taking a pass from Marco Verratti to cut inside Hountondji and send the ball into the bottom corner.

“We have some regrets because the first and the last goals came from turnovers,” Rennes coach Philippe Montanier said. “There’s no room for error against such a team.”

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2013-12-14

  • FOOTBALL

    PSG draw 1-1 with Anderlecht in Champions League

    Read more

  • Sport

    Ibrahimovic scores three to ensure PSG stay top

    Read more

  • Football

    PSG and Manchester United reach last 16 in Europe

    Read more

COMMENT(S)