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December 14, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Stade de la Route de Lorient — Rennes
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 28233‎
 
Thiago Motta 19′
 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 52′ (PG)
 
Edinson Cavani 90+1′
Top of the Match
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
PSG
Flop of the Match
Cedric Hountondji
Cedric Hountondji
Stade Rennais FC
Anders Konradssen
Anders Konradssen
Stade Rennais FC

Stade Rennais 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Blanc's men bounce back

Thiago Motta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani helped PSG secure an important three points following its defeat to Benfica in midweek

Paris Saint-Germain tightened its hold on top spot in Ligue 1 with a comfortable 3-1 win over Rennes on Saturday.

The defending Ligue 1 champions went into the game having lost only one league game all season. And Laurent Blanc's men rarely looked in danger of succumbing to defeat at the Stade de Route de Lorient as the capital club clinched only its second win in 12 league visits to Rennes.

Midfielder Thiago Motta put PSG in front with a fine effort from distance before Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled his side's advantage, the Swede taking his tally for the season to 22 with a second-half penalty.

Winger Romain Alessandrini did pull one back for the hosts, but Edinson Cavani added a third late on as PSG racked up a 13th league win of the season.  

Ibrahimovic returned to Blanc's starting XI after being left out of PSG's 2-1 Champions League defeat against Benfica on Tuesday, while Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik replaced suspended former PSG center back Sylvain Armand in the Rennes defense.

PSG duly took the lead with an opener in spectacular fashion after 19 minutes when Motta curled a wonderful strike into the bottom corner.

Blanc's men dictated the play in an opening period of few chances, although Rennes remained a threat on the counterattack, with Kana-Biyik heading wide from a corner just after the half-hour mark.

Kana-Biyik narrowly missed the target again minutes before halftime as Rennes pushed for the equalizer.

But the Brittany club's task was made considerably harder shortly after the interval when Ibrahimovic converted from 12 yards following Cedric Hountondji's foul on Blaise Matuidi.

PSG dominated proceedings throughout, although Rennes was given hope after 67 minutes, Alessandrini's low free-kick flying under Salvatore Sirigu and into the bottom corner.

The hosts, however, were never able to exert any sustained pressure on PSG, whose victory was confirmed in the final minute of injury time as Cavani powered a shot past Benoit Costil following a quick counterattack.

Blanc's PSG is now likely to head into the mid-season break as league leader as it bids to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lyon and Marseille by winning back-to-back top-flight titles in France.

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Stade Rennais FC

1
Benoit Costil
Goalkeeper
2.00
-
2.00
-
1.00
-
Emerson
Defender
2.00
29
Romain Danze
Defender
2.50
17
Jean II Makoun
Midfielder
2.00
-
3.00
-
Anders Konradssen
Midfielder
80′ 80′
2.50
-
Tiemoue Bakayoko
Midfielder
2.50
7
Jonathan Pitroipa
Midfielder
72′
1.50
25
1.50

PSG

2.50
30
3.00
4
3.00
33
Alex
Defender
2.50
3
Lucas Digne
Defender
2.50
23
3.00
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
19′
2.50
14
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
2.50
24
Marco Verratti
Midfielder
74′ 91′
4.00
9
3.00
10
2.50
21

Substitutes

30
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12
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8
Julien Féret
Midfielder
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-
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Adrien Hunou
Midfielder
72′
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Substitutes

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1
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15
Marquinhos
Defender
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6
 - 
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
 - 
31
Adrien Rabiot
Midfielder
75′
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27
Javier Pastore
Midfielder
 - 
-
Lucas
Midfielder

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