Goal Highlights: PSG 4-0 Rennes [Ligue 1] 2016/17
The capital club moved to within three points of the Ligue 1 summit with a comfortable victory at Parc des Princes, although their star striker limped off on Sunday
Edinson Cavani’s first-half performance inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-0 win over Rennes, but he injured himself in the process as the champions extended their unbeaten run to five Ligue 1 matches.
The Uruguayan striker had a hand in PSG’s first two goals, heading against the crossbar before Rennes’ Gelson Fernandes put the ball into his own net and lobbing in the second himself, but he had to be substituted after straining himself in the process of scoring.
Cavani’s injury was the only blot on a very impressive performance from Unai Emery’s team, and Adrien Rabiot delighted the home crowd with a spectacular third goal in his 100th Ligue 1 game before Marco Verratti volleyed in a fourth.
The result moved PSG level on points with second-placed Monaco and three behind leaders Nice – who were beaten by Caen earlier in the day – in Ligue 1, while Rennes are fifth after sustaining their first defeat in five league games.
Emery will hope the international break will give Cavani the chance to recover from his injury before PSG return to Ligue 1 and Champions League action later in November.
Kevin Trapp replaced the injured Alphonse Areola in goal for PSG and he was tested early on, saving a fierce shot by Paul-Georges Ntep after the Rennes winger linked up well with Yoann Gourcuff.
Rennes dominated the first 10 minutes, but the champions worked their way into the game and Angel Di Maria was at his incisive best, firing just wide after 12 minutes.