Lionel Messi got his first defeat as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Sunday as their good start to the Ligue 1 season ended in a 2-0 defeat at Rennes when Marseille collapsed on the day they mourned the death of controversial former president Bernard Tapie.
Messi hit the crossbar with a free kick in the first half at Roazhon Park before Gaetan Laborde gave Rennes an advantage before the break with his sixth league lead.
Flavien Tait scored less than 20 seconds after half-time to take the lead twice, with Kylian Mbappe seeing the goal was disregarded on the offside as Rennes finished PSG’s eight-league winning streak this quarter.
“We didn’t start the game well but later we played the best 25-30 minutes of the season. It’s a shame we didn’t score. We conceded two tough goals,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.
PSG lost the league for the first time since April, when they were beaten 1-0 at home by future champions Lille last season.
Messi lined up with Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria for just the second game, only making his second league start for PSG after missing the last two Ligue 1 games with a knee injury.
Gianluigi Donnarumma got a green light again in front of Keylor Navas at the gate, after placing his clean sheet in the middle of the week in PSG’s Champions League win over Manchester City.
Seeking to keep pace with the squad that won their first 14 games under Thomas Tuchel in 2018, PSG created a space column in the middle of the first half, all lost.