Kylian Mbappe scored in the 93rd minute to lift Paris St-Germain to a 16-point lead in Ligue 1 ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
The game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw as the hosts missed a series of chances.
Paris St-Germain defeated Rennes thanks to a strike from Kylian Mbappe three minutes into injury time.
PSG were uninspired for much of the game in what was an unimpressive prelude to their Champions League encounter with Real Madrid on Tuesday, and while Mbappe came close to scoring twice before the late winner, it is difficult to say Rennes were not worth the point.
Mbappe turned in from the left flank five minutes before the break and saw his shot deflected off Warmed Omari and come back off the post, and then 20 minutes later he did have the ball in the back of the net after latching onto Lionel Messi’s pass and rounding goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar, but the goal was ruled out for a marginal offside.
The hosts found a way to win late, as they have on countless occasions in domestic competition, and it came from a familiar source, as Messi found Mbappe just inside the left edge of the penalty box, and his effort snuck inside the far post.
PSG’s lead at the top of the standings now stands at 16 points, with the rest of the league in action later this weekend.
Man of The Match
Warmed Omari (Rennes) – He did not face them at their best, but credit goes to Omari and his teammates, particularly Birger Melling, for not being tormented by PSG’s legendary strikers for nearly 93 minutes.
Omari was consistently in good position to stop advances and provided a brilliantly timed challenge in the first half to deny Mbappe a goal-scoring opportunity.
Champions League: PSG v Real Madrid
If Mauricio Pochettino’s team continues to play like this, they will be defeated by Real Madrid by three goals. There was no cohesion between midfield and attack, nor, for much of the game, between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, who both appeared to be reserving something for Tuesday night.
The most concerning aspect is how vulnerable they appeared when they gave the ball away, with Rennes able to attack in large numbers and their defense exposed. The fifth-placed team in Ligue 1 was unable to capitalize on this, but Vinicius Jr. and Karim Benzema will.
None of the best clubs feel the transition from domestic competition to the Champions League as strongly as PSG.
They might be able to flip a switch and take the game to Real Madrid in the last-16 match, but chances are they won’t.