PSG, Rennes cancel each other out
Honours were left even at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night as PSG and Rennes, both rock-solid at the back, failed to break the deadlock despite both sides hitting the woodwork.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / Stade Rennais FC : 0 - 0
In the end, Rennes got the better deal after their goalless encounter in Paris, the point from the stalemate seeing them drop just one place to third, while PSG, doubtless pleased not to have lost, are stuck in the middle of the table in 9th place.
Paris were on a high after notching a surprise 1-0 win in Sevilla in the Europa League midweek but, fatigued after their Iberian heroics, Antoine Kombouaré’s men lacked the cutting edge to consistently cause problems for their well organised and solidly defensive visitors.
Montaño hits the bar...
Rennes dominated the proceedings in the first half, physically and technically on top of their hosts, but Victor-Hugo Montaño’s 45th-minute shot that scraped the top of the bar was as close as Frédéric Antonetti’s men came to converting their advantage.
The second half saw Paris claw their way back into contention with a long-passing game aimed at giant centre-forward Guillaume Hoarau, who was back in action after being rested for the Sevilla match.
.. and the post for Erding
The ploy almost paid dividends in the 57th minute when Hoarau flicked on Claude Makelele’s free kick for Mevlut Erding, but the Turkey international’s volley grazed the post on its way out.
There was some controversy ten minutes later as Hoarau appealed for a penalty after Kader Mangane allegedly handled the ball in the area as the France forward was about to shoot, but the referee waved the claims away and the deadlock remained unbroken at the final whistle.