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PSG win, Ligue 1 game abandoned after firecracker thrown at goalkeeper

PSG returned to form against Rennes at a ground where they have regularly struggled in recent years, recording a win which lifts them up to 3rd in the table, 2 points behind leaders Monaco

Update : 09 Oct 2023, 08:52 PM

Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their heavy Champions League loss at Newcastle United to beat Rennes 3-1 in Ligue 1 Sunday, while the earlier game between Montpellier and Clermont was abandoned after a firecracker was thrown at visiting goalkeeper Mory Diaw.

PSG were thrashed 4-1 in Newcastle Wednesday, a result and a performance which raised serious doubts about their prospects in Europe this season.

But they returned to form against Rennes at a ground where they have regularly struggled in recent years, recording a win which lifts them up to third in the table, two points behind leaders Monaco.

"We are always happy when we win, but I was also happy after the defeat at Newcastle," claimed coach Luis Enrique.

He abandoned his experiment with playing four forwards, and the returning midfielder Vitinha opened the scoring with a brilliant arcing strike into the top corner from an Ousmane Dembele pass just after the half-hour mark.

It was 2-0 four minutes later when Warren Zaire-Emery crossed for Achraf Hakimi, arriving unmarked in the box, to head in.

Amine Gouiri headed home from close range to get Rennes back into the match in the 56th minute, but PSG scored again two minutes later as Hakimi's low delivery was converted at the near post by Randal Kolo Muani, who had been dropped from the starting line-up.

Muani had another goal disallowed for offside, while Kylian Mbappe somehow shot over late on after a brilliant burst forward that had taken him around the goalkeeper.

"He might not have scored, but he has been performing at a really high level since the start of the season," Enrique said of Mbappe.

"It is a bit bizarre when Kylian doesn't score but it is just a side note."

In Montpellier, television pictures showed a firecracker landing next to the feet of Clermont goalkeeper Diaw and exploding with a loud bang, just as the match was entering stoppage time.

A clearly stunned Diaw went down and needed treatment before being stretchered off, and the game was halted before being abandoned following a crisis meeting.

"The doctor who examined the Clermont goalkeeper certified that he was not in a condition to return to the field. The match is therefore halted definitively," referee Florent Batta told media at Stade de la Mosson.

Montpellier were leading 4-2 and on course for their first home win of the season until the incident, and now risk serious punishment with the prospect of having to replay the game without their fans at the very least.

A police spokesman told AFP that the suspected perpetrator had been arrested.

Diaw was able to return to Clermont with his teammates after the game and was due to undergo further tests Monday, the club said.

"We are disgusted, disappointed and sad," admitted Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin, as he complained that the actions of one individual "could penalize the whole team".

Marseille claimed their first win under new coach Gennaro Gattuso, beating Le Havre 3-0 courtesy of an own goal as well as strikes by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ismaila Sarr.

Le Havre had been reduced to 10 men before half-time when Rassoul Ndiaye was sent off for a second yellow card.

Lens followed their midweek Champions League win over Arsenal by coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Lille in the northern derby.

Benjamin Andre gave Lille the lead but Deiver Machado equalized for Lens, who are unbeaten in five games.

Struggling Lyon are still without a win this season after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Lorient.

Eli Junior Kroupi gave Lorient the lead, but Ernest Nuamah equalized in the 21st minute and Alexandre Lacazette put Lyon ahead 60 seconds later.

A Lacazette penalty made it 3-1 for Lyon before half-time, but Lorient fought back in the second half with Kroupi scoring again before Darlin Yongwa equalized.

Monaco are a point clear of Nice at the top following a 3-1 victory at Reims Saturday, while their Cote d'Azur neighbors won 1-0 at Metz to maintain their unbeaten record this season.

Like PSG, Brest are two points off top spot after a 1-1 draw with Toulouse.

RESULTS

Marseille 3 (Sangante 18-og, Aubameyang 21, Sarr 84) Le Havre 0

Brest 1 (Satriano 90+3) Toulouse 1 (Magri 27)

Lyon 3 (Nuamah 21, Lacazette 22, 41-P) Lorient 3 (Kroupi 16, 54, Yongwa 79)

Lens 1 (Machado 70) Lille 1 (Andre 45+3)

Rennes 1 (Gouiri 56) PSG 3 (Vitinha 32, Hakimi 36, Muani 58)

Match abandoned

Montpellier v Clermont

Saturday

Metz 0 Nice 1 (Boudaoui 14)

Reims 1 (Teuma 57-P) Monaco 3 (Jakobs 42, Balogun 46, Yedder 49)

Friday

Strasbourg 1 (Dion 90+2) Nantes 2 (Coco 50, Moutoussamy 57)

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