RENNES, France: Angolan-born 16-year-old Eduardo Camavinga starred in Rennes 2-1 win over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Camavinga proved to be key in his team’s winning goal along with experienced playmaker Clement Grenier as PSG slipped up in their second league game of the season in a repeat of April’s French Cup final.
Edinson Cavani scored after less than 15 minutes of play for the visitors in Brittanny before Mbaye Niang and Romain del Castillo responded for the home side.
PSG were without forward Neymar for a third successive game this term with the world’s most expensive player continuing to be the subject of interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Rennes boss Julien Stephan said Camavinga, the first player born since January 2002 to feature in Europe’s top five leagues, had continued to improve since making his first team debut in April.
“It’s more than six months he’s been training with the professionals. He’s settled in well with the squad,” he told broadcaster Canal+. “We’ve prepared him with the players, the staff and the whole club so he can evolve in the right conditions. He started doing it at the end of last season and he's confirming all the talent we think he has at the start of this season.”
The Bretons took the lead than four minutes later of the second-half following a sublime cross from Camavinga.
Midfielder Camavinga found a free Del Castillo, starting instead of suspended Flavien Tait, who easily beat Areola with a header.
The hosts refused to settle for the one-goal advantage and had a superb chance to make it 3-1 on 62 minutes.
Benjamin Bourigeaud played his corner to front post and centre-back Jeremy Gelin's header glanced past Areola but hit the post and dribble out for a goal-kick.
Youngster Camavinga could have added a third himself but his half-volley skied over the crossbar.