Ligue 1: Paris St Germain beat Rennes, stretch perfect start to six wins; Lyon cruise past Marseille
PSG’s victory kept them top of the French league on a maximum 18 points, five clear of second-placed Lille, after Angel Di Maria and Thomas Meunier cancelled out an early Adrian Rabiot own goal.
Paris: Olympique Lyonnais cruised to a 4-2 win over Olympique Marseille and Paris St Germain stretched their perfect Ligue 1 start to six wins after coming from behind to beat Rennes 3-1 away in a rip-roaring clash on Sunday.
Bertrand Traore scored two goals in nine second-half minutes as Lyon outclassed the visitors, who had Duje Caleta-Car sent off late in the game, to move level with Marseille on 10 points after six games, one spot behind them on goal difference.
PSG’s victory kept them top of the French league on a maximum 18 points, five clear of second-placed Lille, after Angel Di Maria and Thomas Meunier cancelled out an early Adrian Rabiot own goal which fired the adventurous home side ahead.
Second-half substitute Eric Choupo-Moting added the third goal in the closing stages for the visitors, who rebounded from a 3-2 Champions League defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday.
Roared on by their vocal fans, Rennes twice went close before they stunned the more fancied visitors in the 11th minute when towering striker Mbaye Niang glanced on an inswinging corner which cannoned into the net off Rabiot.
The visitors quickly regained their composure and levelled on the stroke of halftime thanks to a superb Di Maria strike, the Argentina midfielder unleashing a low shot after Edinson Cavani’s clever dummy from a Julian Draxler cut-back.
PSG continued to pile on the pressure after the break, with Cavani hitting the post and Rennes twice clearing off the line in a frantic goalmouth scramble before Meunier turned the match on its head with a fine finish.
The Belgium international drilled his shot from just inside the penalty area into the bottom right corner of the net after a defence-splitting pass from Neymar, who came to life after a quiet opening half.
Rennes threw men forward in search of an equaliser and were punished after Choupo-Moting volleyed home from close range to put the icing on the cake for PSG.
Stoppage time drew a warm round of applause from the home crowd when a schoolboy fan got past security stewards to embrace Neymar, as the Brazil forward gave him his jersey before ushering the tearful youngster off the pitch.
Bordeaux climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over bottom side Guingamp thanks to goals from Francois Komano, Yann Karamoh and Nicolas De Preville.
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Alessandro Florenzi scored PSG's second on 77 minutes and Pablo Sarabia notched a fourth for the reigning champions as PSG climbed above Rennes on goal difference after a fifth successive win.
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Ligue 1: Lille register big win over Lens to move to top of league table; Lyon beat struggling Strasbourg
Lille are top of the French league, undefeated and with the fewest goals conceded, after beating northern rival Lens 4-0 on Sunday to move two points above defending champion Paris Saint-Germain.