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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ligue 1 Match Report: Rennes VS PSG 13/08/11

    PSG 1 (Kévin Gameiro 73')

      Rennes 1 (Jonathan Pitroipa 88')

Defeated by Lorient(0-1) on the opening day of the season last week, the capital club reacted against Rennes tonight. Kévin Gameiro also scored his first goal for PSG.

The sky was low and it was raining just like last week at the Parc des Princes. But this time, Paris SG avoided a second crash by returning from Rennes with a draw, their first point of the season. That's still far from what is expected from them, but the PSG reassured their fans and their coach, Antoine Kombouaré, who is dealing with  heavy pressure to deliver some silverware this season. Kombuaré can now relax until the next game next week against his former club, Valenciennes.

PSG dominated right from the beginning of the game but lacked precision in their final passes to take an early advantage against a well organised, Rennes side. Despite the PSG domination, Rennes was the most dangerous side.  It it wasn't for the heroics of their new Italian goalkeeper Sirigu, signed this summer from Serie A club Palermo, Rennes would have had a serious advantage before the hour mark. Sirigu stopped two shots from Rennes forward Razak Boukari (26 ', 56') then denied Jonathan Pitroipa (57'). As for the Rennes stopper, Costil, he saved a shot from Hoarau (59') who found himself alone in front of him, thanks to a lovely pass from Gameiro.

France striker Kevin Gameiro, signed from Lorient, finally put PSG ahead in the 73rd minute, off a cross from Jeremy Menez and finished with a low shot. But 15 minutes later (88'), Jonathan Pitroipa outpaced the PSG defense to beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and salvage a draw for Rennes.

PSG spent millions in the close season thanks to new Qatari owners, but lost their opener at home to Lorient last weekend, and only picked up a point this Saturday night in Brittany against Rennes. This last game also exposed their defensive weaknesses. PSG doesn't look like a big-spending team contending for the French league title yet, but showed glimpes of a world class team and that brighter days may lie ahead for them.

Written by Arno Boy
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