Rennes come from behind to stun PSG
Romain Del Castillo rose to score the winner as Stade Rennais FC came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in an enthralling encounter at Roazhon Park on Sunday night.
Stade Rennais FC 2 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain
This was the third meeting of these sides in four months, with Rennes having famously beaten PSG on penalties in the final of the Coupe de France in April before the capital club emerged victorious in the Trophée des Champions a fortnight ago.
Del Castillo stole in between Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier three minutes into the second half to head in a cross from the fearless Eduardo Camavinga - outstanding at just 16 years old - and give Rennes their second win from as many league outings this season. Edinson Cavani had earlier put PSG in front with a goal that was a gift from the home defence, before M'Baye Niang equalised.
It is a stunning victory for Julien Stéphan's team, especially given that six of the players who started the Cup final in April have now left the club. He looks to be building another promising side, while Thomas Tuchel's men continue to struggle on their travels in particular, with this their fifth defeat in their last six away league games.
It is impossible not to wonder how different things might have been here with Neymar Jr. on the field, but the Brazilian's future remains very much up in the air. Without him, Ángel Di María came in for his first start of the campaign and Cavani headed against the post early on before putting the champions ahead in the 36th minute following a Rennes horror show.
Niang cancels out Cavani strike
Home goalkeeper Romain Salin played the ball out to Jérémy Gélin on the edge of his box, and the defender then passed out to captain Damien Da Silva. He, in turn, looked to return possession to Salin but overhit the pass, allowing Cavani to pounce and fire home from close range.
Kylian Mbappé came close to doubling their lead moments later but hit the side-netting and instead Rennes drew level a minute before the interval from a fine goal. Hamari Traoré's delivery from the right found Niang with his back to goal. With Marquinhos marking him, the Senegal forward controlled the ball on his right foot and took a touch before beating Alphonse Aréola with a powerful low shot into the bottom corner.
Del Castillo then made it 2-1 early in the second half and Rennes could have gone on to win by more goals, with Aréola saving from Niang (55') and Gélin hitting the post (63'). The visitors, meanwhile, only threatened from range and remain a long way off their best form.
The contrast with last season is marked - twelve months ago, Paris won their first 14 league matches in a row and did not lose a league game until February.
THE PLAYER: Eduardo Camavinga
What a performance from the Angolan-born midfielder, who does not turn 17 until November but was completely unfazed by the occasion. He was a standout in a central role in Julien Stéphan's team and capped his performance with an assist for the winning goal.
THE STAT: 5
Rennes have now claimed five wins in their last 19 Ligue 1 meetings with PSG, more than any other team in the last 10 seasons.