Dec 14, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Route de Lorient
Rennes
1-3
PSGParis Saint-Germain
FT(HT: 0-1)
Motta (19'), Ibrahimovic (52' pen.), Cavani (90')
Verratti (74')

Result: Edinson Cavani seals Rennes win

Edinson Cavani's stoppage-time goal helps Paris Saint-Germain beat Rennes in Ligue 1.

Paris Saint-Germain will remain top of Ligue 1, but were made to work after they narrowly beat Rennes on Saturday.

Laurent Blanc's side started well and took the lead on 19 minutes thanks to Brazilian defender Thiago Motta, whose left-footed strike was too good for keeper Benoit Costil.

However, despite having more possession, PSG could have been pegged back midway through the first period when Romain Alessandrini's cross was met by Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, but his header was narrowly to the right of Salvatore Sirigu's post.

Moments before the interval, Kana-Biyik went close again as his left-footed drive flashed wide of the goal.

Les Parisiens managed to find a second goal seven minutes after the break when Blaise Matuidi was brought down in the box by Cedric Hountondji.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was restored to the starting lineup after sitting out PSG's 2-1 defeat to Benfica in midweek, converted the spot kick.

But Rennes were able to pull a goal back when Motta's handball on the edge of the box was punished when Alessandrini's subsequent free kick found the top corner of the net.

Edinson Cavani almost sealed the win with 13 minutes left, but saw his shot saved by Costil.

The Uruguayan forward made sure of the victory in stoppage time following a fast break and well taken effort from the edge of the area.

PSG now lead Ligue 1 by five points, but second-place Monaco can close the gap if they beat Guingamp on Saturday evening.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender and captain Thiago Silva celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lyon (OL) on December 1, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21182167155256
2Marseille22145345222347
3Lyon21136249212845
4MonacoMonaco21134448212743
5NantesNantes2210481921-234
6Nice2210482831-334
7Montpellier HSCMontpellier2271052015531
8Rennes229492730-331
9GuingampGuingamp228592429-529
10StrasbourgStrasbourg227692737-1027
11Caen2283111424-1027
12Bordeaux2275102431-726
13AmiensAmiens2274112024-425
14Dijon2274113145-1425
15Troyes2273122231-924
16Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2265112037-1723
17Angers2241082532-722
18Lille2264121933-1422
19Toulouse2255122032-1220
20Metz2143141735-1815
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