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Draxler scores again as PSG beat Rennes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 14/01/2017 Jerome Pugmire

Winger Julian Draxler's second goal in as many games showed why Paris Saint-Germain signed him as the defending champion won at Rennes 1-0 in Ligue 1.

Running onto an astute pass from midfielder Marco Verratti, and without breaking stride, the German curled in a shot from the left of the penalty area into the bottom right corner in the 40th minute.

"It was a great goal," Verratti said.

"We needed a player like this."

PSG moved level on points with Monaco, who are in second place thanks to a better goal difference and plays on Sunday, as does leader Nice.

Draxler joined from Wolfsburg this month in a deal reportedly worth up to 47 million euros ($A67m), and scored an equally good goal on debut in a 7-0 rout of Bastia in the French Cup last weekend.

"He worked hard, scored a good goal," PSG coach Unai Emery said.

"He's brought his quality to the team."

The 23-year-old Draxler, a regular for Germany at last year's European Championship, struggled to settle at Wolfsburg after joining from Schalke early into last season and failed to score this season.

In other matches, forward Majeed Waris scored twice as Lorient beat fifth-placed Guingamp 3-1 to earn a vital win in their relegation scrap.

The win moved the Brittany side off the bottom of the table, with Metz dropping to last ahead of their game on Sunday.

Having started the season strongly, Toulouse are drifting further from the top five after losing at home to Nantes 1-0, with Emiliano Sala scoring.

Winger Issiar Dia scored the winner as Nancy climbed up to 11th by beating Corsican side Bastia 1-0.

Also, it was Angers 1, Bordeaux 1, and Montpellier 1, Dijon 1.

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