12/16/2017 10:03:42 PM

Neymar shines on return as PSG beat Rennes

Neymar shines on return as PSG beat Rennes

Paris: Neymar starred on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up after two games out with two goals and two assists in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Rennes in Ligue 1.

The world's most expensive player missed last weekend's win over Lille due to suspension and sat out Wednesday's French League Cup clash at Strasbourg after travelling back to Brazil to deal with a family matter.

But he made an immediate impact in Rennes by scoring the opening goal after just four minutes before teeing up Kylian Mbappe to add a second for PSG just past the quarter-hour.

Firmin Mubele halved the deficit after the break, but Rennes were reduced to 10 men when Benjamin Andre picked up a second booking and Edinson Cavani netted PSG's third on 75 minutes.

Neymar swiftly made it with four as he turned home his second goal of the afternoon, while Wahbi Khazri blazed over a late penalty for Rennes after PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe was sent off.

PSG had already ensured they will head into the winter break top of the table and lead second-place Monaco by nine points, but the capital club have shown signs of weakness this month with losses to Strasbourg and Bayern Munich.

However they brushed aside Strasbourg 4-2 in the League Cup on Wednesday without Neymar and Mbappe, both of whom were restored to the starting team at Roazhon Park by Unai Emery.

The pair promptly linked up to great effect as Mbappe exchanged passes with Marco Verratti before slipping a ball across the face of goal for Neymar to tap in from point-blank range.

It was the same combination that produced PSG's second goal on 17 minutes as Neymar turned provider by sliding over a low cross with the outside of his right boot for Mbappe to convert. 

Cavani twice went close to further stretching the lead, first when his clever back-heel was stopped on the line by Hamari Traore and then as he was denied by Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek with his follow-up blocked by Joris Gnagnon.

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