PSG Players Ratings vs Rennes: Messi, Marquinhos, Maria shine, Neymar, Verratti, Hakimi not up to standard

Paris Saint-Germain’s perfect start to the new Ligue 1 season was brought to an end in a 2-0 defeat at Rennes on Sunday.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 5/10 – Made a few decent saves at 0-0, but lost the command of his area and nearly talked his way into a red card.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 4/10 – Useful going forward but too weak defensively.

Marquinhos (CB) – 6/10 – Made a couple of last-ditch interceptions but was hardly spectacular.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 4/10 – Looked ropy throughout and did not inspire confidence.

Nuno Mendes (LB) – 3/10 – Poor kid, not his fault he’s been thrusted right into the starting lineup for the Harlem Globetrotters. But he was just so poor with and without the ball.

Marco Verratti (CM) – 5/10 – Pep Guardiola may love him, but not sure Pochettino will after such a passive performance.

Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 5/10 – Played with energy but that’s as good as it got for him.

Lionel Messi (AM) – 7/10 – Ability to create something out of nothing came in handy and was the best player on the pitch in the first half. Unable to find an all important goal however.

Angel Di Maria (RW) – 6/10 – Impressive when he did have the ball in attacking areas, but not enough to find a way through.

Kylian Mbappe (CF) – 5/10 – Had chances and was lively but you never felt like his heart was in it.

Neymar (LW) – 3/10 – Couldn’t even play basic passes, let alone carve Rennes open. Hooked with 15 minutes remaining and PSG chasing the game.

(Watch Video) Rennes sink Paris Saint-Germain as Messi, Mbappe fire blank (Match Report)

Goals either side of the half time break earned Rennes the victory, with Gaetan Laborde scoring right at the end of the first half by converting a great Kamaldeen Sulemana cross and Flavien Tait adding a second just after the restart.

It had been a perfect start to the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season for Paris Saint-Germain, with eight wins from their first eight fixtures of the campaign. But, on Sunday lunchtime, the star-studded squad dropped their first points of the domestic season as they fell to a 2-0 loss at Rennes.

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe had each had chances during the first half, with the former setting up the latter for an excellent opportunity halfway through the first half that the Frenchman hit well wide. A Messi freekick also struck the crossbar, so PSG were frustrated to be behind at the break.

They didn’t channel that frustration in the right way, conceding again just as the second half got underway.

That left PSG with a mountain to climb and they thought they’d cut the deficit when Mbappe finished well in the 67th minute, but that goal was ruled out for an offside from the Frenchman earlier in the move.

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Taiwo Awoniyi’s quickfire brace hands Union Berlin away victory in Bundesliga

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi netted two goals against his old club Sunday as Union Berlin fought from a goal down to beat Mainz 2-1 and continue their fine start to the Bundesliga season.

Awoniyi struck twice in four minutes in the second half to give high-flying Union their first away win of the season and fire them up to seventh in the table.

After a sluggish first half with few chances at either end, it was Union loanee Marcus Ingvartsen who gave Mainz the lead shortly before the break.

A mistake from Union midfielder Genki Haraguchi allowed the home side to launch a lightning-quick attack down the left, and the unmarked Ingvartsen stroked Karim Onisiwo’s low cross inside the near post.

But it was former Mainz striker Awoniyi who had the last laugh as Union bounced back after the break.

Having missed a handful of chances throughout the game, the Nigerian levelled the scores with a cool finish on the counter-attack 20 minutes from time.

A few minutes later, the 24-year-old scored an almost carbon copy of his equaliser to put Union ahead, once again latching onto a long ball and holding off the Mainz back line before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Thomas Tuchel explains why he’s furious at referee’s decision to overrule Timo Werner’s goal

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel still seems to be questioning the referee’s decision to overrule Timo Werner’s goal in the first half against Southampton.

Werner’s goal was disallowed because VAR deemed Cesar Azpilicueta fouled Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up.

Tuchel, who was booked for dissent, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I was very angry because I could never believe this could happen in the Premier League where you would go back to a 50/50 that wasn’t even in close connection to the goal.

“I understood before the season that we didn’t want soft touches, that we wanted a contact game.

“We are here today in the middle of London in the rain in an intense game but the ref disallowed the goal”

Timo Werner reacts to his horrific record of SIXTEEN disallowed goals for Chelsea after win over Southampton

Timo Werner has expressed his dismay at his horrific record of having incredible SIXTEEN goals ruled out since he joined Chelsea.

And the German now has more disallowed goals than actual bona fide strikes for the Blues.

Werner netted late on in Saturday’s 3-1 thriller against Southampton.

But he had already put the ball in the back of the net earlier at Stamford Bridge.

The German tucked away a tidy header in the first half to double Chelsea’s advantage following Trevor Chalobah’s opener.

But VAR intervened as they checked a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta in the build-up.

Ref Martin Atkinson consulted the touchline monitor and decided to bring play back, ruling out Werner’s goal.

It means the German has now had 16 strikes disallowed since joining Chelsea – two more than the 14 he’s actually tucked away.

Speaking after the final whistle, Werner said: “I didn’t hope it would continue like this, but it drops you a little when you always score, celebrate with fans, then to go to the midline for it to get disallowed.

“16 times in one year? It’s hard, but I keep going.

“[The fans’ reception means] a lot. They always stay behind me, and the team. They want to push me, to play my best level here as I did it in the past.

“The best thing I can do is to give my best, to try every game to make them happy.”

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Southampton: Chalobah, Werner, Loftus-Cheek, others shine in Blues win the Saints

Edouard Mendy – 6
A quiet afternoon for the goalkeeper who once again could do nothing about the goal conceded.

Ward-Prowse sent him the wrong way with an emphatic finish from the spot.

Trevoh Chalobah – 8
Showed great anticipation to head in at the back post and put Chelsea 1-0 up early on.

Also kept Nathan Tella relatively quiet though did fail to stop the forward putting in a couple of dangerous crosses.

Thiago Silva – 7
Was handed the task of keeping a lively Adam Armstrong quiet and performed it well, crucially blocking one of the striker’s shots which almost ended up in his own net.

He showed no signs of fatigue after playing in mid-week and that will please both him and his manager.

Antonio Rudiger – 7
A brilliant first-half run combined with spectacular vision put Romelu Lukaku through but his fine finish was ruled out for offside.

Was untroubled in defence and helped Silva deal with Armstrong.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Was exposed on the right-flank alongside Chalobah at times due to the clever runs of Tella.

The Spaniard got forward whenever he could in the second half however and supplied the cross for Werner to put Chelsea back in front.

Ben Chilwell – 5
His lack of game time showed in the second half as he went to ground rashly and brought down Tino Livramento for Southampton’s penalty.

But he made amends late on with a fine half-volley to seal the three points.

Mateo Kovacic – 6
Was the launchpad for much of Chelsea’s counter-attacking play in the absence of Jorginho.

He tired after playing in mid-week and Chelsea looked a lot more energetic once he went off.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7
Added some much-needed energy to the midfield after recent defeats with his direct approach on the ball.

Played a pivotal role in the opening goal with a flick-on from the corner which was turned in by Chalobah.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5
Provided pace to the Chelsea attack but his lack of understanding with Chilwell and Lukaku led attacks to break down.

Was much quieter after the break and failed to make the most of his opportunity starting in the front three.

Romelu Lukaku – 4
Failed to keep pace with Werner on the break or take up good positions in the box to meet the German’s crosses.

Will be frustrated at the lack of chances created for him but he didn’t help himself much either as his goalless run stretched to five matches.

Timo Werner – 8
Thought he got his first goal of the season with a header at the back post that was disallowed by VAR due to an earlier foul by Azpilicueta.

But he was lively throughout and his pace caused problems for Southampton, before his clever positioning allowed him to tuck home Chelsea’s second.

Mason Mount (on for Hudson-Odoi) – 6
Unsurprisingly he was met with loud applause as he warmed up on the touchline and the decibel levels increased drastically when he was brought onto the field of play.

But the fan favourite lacked sharpness and could only shoot straight at McCarthy when presented with a good chance inside the box.

Jorginho (on for Kovacic) – 6
Was brought on with Chelsea needing to wrestle back control of possession and did exactly that.

He put his side on the front foot and repeatedly found Azpilicueta on the right, who started to cause Saints all sorts of problems.

Ross Barkley (on for Loftus-Cheek) – 5
His impact led to two Chelsea goals as he gave Southampton yet another attacker to deal with.

Will want more minutes to show exactly what he can offer but he seems to be a part of Tuchel’s plans currently.

Arsenal legend explains why referee was wrong in his decision to disallow Timo Werner’s goal against Southampton

Arsenal legend and TV pundit Paul Merson disagrees with the referee and VAR’s decision to overrule Chelsea star Timo Werner’s goal against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

The German tucked away a tidy header in the first half to double Chelsea’s advantage following Trevor Chalobah’s opener.

But VAR intervened as they checked a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta in the build-up.

Ref Martin Atkinson consulted the touchline monitor and decided to bring play back, ruling out Werner’s goal.

Werner’s goal was disallowed because it was deemed that Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta fouled Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up.

Merson said on Sky’s Soccer Saturday coverage: “Seriously? How far are they taking this back? That [incident] was on Friday that was!

“I don’t think it’s a foul, Azpilicueta just catches him but seriously Walker-Peters just falls over”

Thomas Tuchel jokes about Timo Werner’s disallowed goal against Southampton

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said Timo Werner needs to keep improving his game and joked that every time he scores there is a feeling that VAR will take it away after one of his two goals against Southampton was disallowed.

Tuchel said: “All of us [are relieved] but in the end, he was where he needs to be. If we have a ball from Ross [Barkley] like we had, a delivery from Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta], you need to be there.

“We have the feeling that every time he scores there is a VAR decision ready to take it away from him. These are very narrow decisions: I remember one against Liverpool that was super close.

“He has to keep on going, he can improve his game, a lot to improve but we are happy and relieved also that he scored in the late minutes of this game.

“It was a very important goal to secure the win and on the other hand he was there where he needed to be”