What if PSG had just lost everything in the space of a week? Eliminated in the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday by Manchester City, the Parisians could not do better than a draw on the lawn of Rennes at the end of the 36th day of Ligue 1 (1-1). Everything had started well for PSG, who took the advantage just before half-time on a disputed penalty converted by Neymar. But as too often this season, the Parisians died out in the second half. It did not take more for the Stade Rennais, attractive and domineering, to snatch a precious point in the race for Europe thanks to the equalizer of Serhou Guirassy. For its part, PSG did the wrong thing and let Lille take three steps ahead with two days from the end of the championship.
At Roazhon Park, PSG nevertheless believed that success would finally smile on him when, just before the break, the Parisians obtained a very contentious penalty, like Lille in Lens on Friday. We then play the 45th minute of a real good Ligue 1 match between Rennes and PSG, who have surrendered so far blow for blow. And then comes the action that tilts the match in favor of PSG, it is believed. Left side, Angel Di Maria addresses yet another center. At dusk, Layvin Kurzawa flies away, parallel to the lawn. The idea is beautiful, the realization a little less: his chisel is lost in the Rennes sky.
A sky which nevertheless falls on the heads of the Bretons. Because Kurzawa remains on the ground: in his tracks, the Parisian came to smash his shin under the sole of Aguerd who was trying to counter him. A frequent gesture, a priori not reprehensible. Except that Rudy Buquet stops the discussions and consults the VAR, before designating the penalty spot in general amazement. Neymar keeps his calm and executes the sentence (1-0, 45th).
“On the action, for me he defends, it is he (Kurzawa, Editor’s note) who comes to strike on his foot. If we can no longer counter the attacker who is going to strike, it’s difficult to defend! “, lamented, incredulous but lucid, the Rennes defender Damien Da Silva at the break at the microphone of Canal +. But the damage was done, and on this fact of the game, PSG took the lead at the break. A small miracle, after a rhythmic first period, removed and dominated by Stade Rennais.
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Well in place, the Bretons looked Paris straight in the eye, even if they often struggled in the last gesture, like Guirassy facing Navas from the first minute. However, it was PSG who got the best opportunities in the first act, led by a Neymar involved, but not applied enough. And when Kean ended up shaking the nets, the ball had come out of nothing on Dagba’s cross.
Between the penalty and a more than contentious contact between Danilo Pereira and Serhou Guirassy a few minutes earlier, the Rennes had plenty to get out of their match, but the Bretons returned to the pitch with a cool head, clear ideas, and resumed their business facing a PSG who died suddenly, even if Draxler, after a series of sublime pivot juggling, almost made the break. Just like Moise Kean, who wound up just above the hour mark. The only two Parisian flashes in a second act mastered by Rennes. And after attempts by Jérémy Doku, Faitout Maoussa and Flavien Tait, the Bretons were finally rewarded on a corner. Serhou Guirassy rose higher than everyone else to place a splendid header in the top corner of Keylor Navas (1-1, 70th).
Back in the game, the Rennais then gave their all and multiplied the opportunities, well helped by the expulsion of Presnel Kimpembe, author of a tackle much too much based on Maoussa (86th). What even feed some regrets for Rennes, which however performs a good operation by returning to a point from Marseille (5th) and Lens (6th). The race for Europe is relaunched, and that for the title may be folded since PSG let Lille slip away, which now has a three-point lead with two days remaining.
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