As Angel Di Maria was impressed by his return to Ligue 1 action, Paris Saint-Germain were too nice for Rennes.
In Ligue 1, Angel Di Maria made up for lost time by scoring twice in a starring role in Saturday’s Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 victory over Rennes at the Parc des Princes.
The Argentine winger was barred from spitting at Marseille defender Alvaro during the nasty Classique for four matches and was last featured on September 27 in France’s top-flight against Reims.
But the mistake from which Moise Kean scored his third Ligue 1 goal was forced by his pressing and Di Maria added a second with an audacious chip after 20 minutes.
In the second half, Di Maria added a rather unjust gloss as PSG offered a good answer to a devastating 2-1 setback against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, while Kean was one of Thomas Tuchel ‘s four enforced subs as the injury list of the PSG coach was mounted.
It was from one such lax exchange between goalkeeper Alfred Gomis and James Lea Siliki that Di Maria toed into the direction of Kean, who expertly drilled into the bottom-left corner. Rennes combined bright play with careless passing early on.
Only the post denied Di Maria ‘s excellent long-ranger on the half-volley, but after catching Ander Herrera’s through ball, the awesome Argentine doubled the lead with a sumptuous piece of expertise.
The aerial prowess of Steven N’Zonzi created a couple of tense moments, while Kean himself put a free header over the top.
PSG did not show much adventure, although a more calculated approach may have been clarified by the fact that Kean limped off in the 61st minute after Idrissa Gueye, Thilo Kehrer and Alessandro Florenzi had already been subdued.
Instead, without ever upsetting the opposition, Rennes raised more second-half concerns, handball claims against Leandro Parades and Danilo Pereira from the same Hamari Traore cross that did not interest the VAR.
But when Di Maria drifted in from the right and picked out the far corner in the 73rd minute with a deflected daisy-cutter to complete a fine outing, it was game over.