Can Paris Saint-Germain maintain its perfect start to the Ligue 1 season? It has what appears on paper to be a game to be won with his trip to Brittany to face Stade Rennais, otherwise known as Rennes.
League-leading PSG has gone 8 for 8 to start its French Ligue 1 campaign. It is already 15 points better than the 14th seeded Rennes (2-3-3). The Paris side is still a long way from equaling the record it set in 2018-19 with 14 consecutive wins to start that season. PSG’s current win streak in Ligue 1 has largely happened without star signing Lionel Messi, who has missed five Ligue 1 games since his arrival due to injury, rest or lack of fitness. Messi’s only two appearances to date in the top French league were against Stade de Reims and Olympique Lyon.
Both teams book midweek victories in the European cup competition. PSG took another 2-0 win on Tuesday against UEFA Champions League favorite Manchester City, with Messi scoring his first goal for the club. In the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday, Rennes took a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dutch club Vitesse with the game winner scored by teenager Kamaldeen Sulemana.
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“They have some exceptional players, but we can give them problems,” Rennes head coach Bruno Genesio said ahead of the game. “We have to remember what we did to them last season (a 1-1 draw in Rennes). We will give everything on the pitch.” [Sunday].”
Sporting News will be following the Rennes-PSG match live, providing updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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Rennes vs. PSG live score
REN – Gaetan Laborde (Kamaldeen Sulemana) – 45th min.
REN – Flavien Tait (Gaetan Laborde) – 46th min.
Rennes vs. PSG Live Updates & Highlights
(All times East)
62nd minute: Ghanaian winger Sulemana fires a right shot and misses the far right corner of the goal. He’s on his game today. A constant threat.
61st minute: It was a timid response from PSG and it actually feels like Rennes is more likely to score a third. Martin Terrier narrowly misses the connection to a cross from Sulemana.
55th min.: Three yellow cards in a matter of a minute. It is Jonas Martin (Rennes), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG) and Gigi Donnarumma (PSG) who all receive warnings, the last two for protests. Martin slammed into the back of a PSG player in a header challenge. It looked innocent enough.
52nd minute: The crowd wants a penalty kick for the home team. No call from the ref. Rennes will love to counter-attack. And the fans are still bouncing up and down after that second goal.
49th minute: This is the first two-goal deficit PSG have faced this season. We’ll see if the stars can bring them back.
46th minute: What a start to the second half! Rennes’ goal! Flavien Tait entered the penalty area unmarked to finish off a pass from Gaetan Laborde. PSG was asleep to start the second half. Roazhon Park rocks.
Rest: Rennes 1, PSG 0
Peace: After a difficult start, PSG finally got a grip on the game and created a series of chances. Messi pulled the strings and was arguably the most influential at PSG. But after the struggles of Mbappe and Neymar and some good goalkeepers from Alfred Gomis, PSG were unable to take advantage. This allowed the two best attackers of Rennes to come together just before half time for the opening goal.
45th minute: Rennes goal! Sulemana with the cross from the left and Gaetan Laborde crashes into the far post and finishes with the first volley. Rennes takes the lead against the course of the game.
44th minute: Excellent goalkeeping work by Alfred Gomis, who stops a cross from Angel Di Maria in the penalty area that was intended for a PSG teammate. Gomis was the star for Rennes along with Sulemana.
41st minute: Rennes winger Sulemana is a one-man wrecking crew and his last point leads to a corner. Rennes takes the time for this corner after a period of PSG dominance. The corner kick means nothing.
38th minute: Mbappe can’t complain that he doesn’t get passes today. This time it’s Neymar with the pass to Mbappe, but Rennes’ keeper Gomis comes off his line to claim the ball.
36th min.: Rennes struggles to control Messi, who finds pockets and makes darts. Messi combines with Mbappe again and Rennes’ keeper Alfred Gomis comes out to repel the opportunity.
33rd min.: Messi back to Mbappe! He feeds the attacker, who rounds the keeper, loses the corner and then puts the ball back in the middle for Messi. But the ball is cleared by Rennes. Those two find each other today.
31st min.: Messi crossbar! He wins a free kick from 25 yards and curls the ball over the wall and off the crossbar, bouncing off the goal.
27th minute: PSG feels it. Now long-range goal specialist Idrissa Gueye with a shot from outside that narrowly misses the left post. Good time for PSG.
25th minute: Messi to Mbappe and almost a goal! Messi sends Mbappe on target, but the French attacker flies over it. Incredible miss.
24th min.: First yellow of the match shown to Rennes forward Gaetan Laborde for a stray arm in the face of a PSG defender.
23rd minute: Neymar with a shot in the box! Fortunately, the ball bounces into the penalty area and falls into the hands of Neymar who misses the goal badly. Here’s a positive play from Neymar from earlier in the game:
21st minute: Sulemana is now on the right wing and he fires a left shot that misses the top corner of Donnarumma’s goal. Likely.
Rennes is currently giving PSG their toughest Ligue 1 training session to date.
Kamaldeen got just close from the edge of the box.
0-0 after 22 minutes. #SRFCPSG
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 3, 2021
18th minute: End to end action. Rennes midfielder Jonas Martin with a shot that misses the target, then PSG’s Achraf Hakimi appears in the Rennes penalty area and then we’re back on the other side for a corner from Rennes. Entertaining match.
15th minute: Rennes reaches PSG’s back line with some ease. This will be an open competition. A statistic to keep in mind: Rennes coach Bruno Genesio has only lost one of five home games against PSG:
11th minute: PSG’ keeper Donnarumma with some words for Rennes striker Martin Terrier, who challenged for a ball that Donnarumma won. But the Italian keeper was hit on the head and didn’t like it.
10th minute: Rennes left winger Kamaldeen Sulemana is on the ball a lot and he seems to be the biggest source of danger. He started a move that ended with a shot from Gaetan Laborde, which was right on Donnarumma.
6th minute: Quick turn and burst of acceleration by Kylian Mbappe and it’s Rennes centre-back Nayef Aguerd who challenges and cuts his run in the penalty area. Great defensive game.
2nd minute: PSG’s Marquinhos clears an early corner from Rennes and a cross from Flavien Tait is swallowed by PSG keeper Gigi Donnarumma.
1st minute: Kylian Mbappé kicks off the match and Rennes comes out pressing. The audience is immediately in it.
6:52 am: Before the kick-off there is a minute of applause in memory of former owner Bernard Tapie, who passed away on Sunday.
6:44 am: Messi is kindly received by the home fans:
6:00 am: The leaders in the Ligue start the seven games of the Ligue on Sunday.
Rennes vs. PSG Lineups
Neymar, Messi, Di Maria and Mbappe will all start PSG’s final game before the World Cup qualifier cap. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is only missing a handful of players for the trip to Rennes as Layvin Kurzawa and Julian Draxler are both out due to illness, while central defender Sergio Ramos, one of the big off-season players, is still working his way back to work is. in shape. He somehow managed to cobble together his starting squad:
PSG starting line-up (4-2-3-1, left to right): 50-Gianluigi Donnarumma – 25-Nuno Mendes, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 2-Achraf Hakimi – 6-Marco Verratti, 27-Idrissa Gueye – 10-Neymar Jr., 30-Lionel Messi, 11-Angel Di Maria – 7-Kylian Mbappe
PSG subs (9): 1-Keylor Navas-GK, 22-Abdou Diallo, 24-Thilo Kehrer, 8-Leandro Paredes, 12-Rafinha, 15-Danilo Pereira, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum, 21-Ander Herrera, 9-Mauro Icardi
Rennes manager Bruno Genesio has his full side available for the game, starting six of the 11 players with a short break after Thursday’s Europa Conference League win over Vitesse. Belgian teenage star Jeremy Doku is injured.
Starting position Stade Rennais (4-4-2, from left to right): 16-Alfred Gomis-25-Birger Meling, 6-Nayef Aguerd, 23-Warmed Omari, 27-Hamari Traore-10-Kamaldeen Sulemana, 20-Flavien Tait, 28-Jonas Martin, 14-Benjamin Bourigeaud-7-Martin Terrier, 24-Gaetan Laborde
Stade Rennais subs (9): 1-Romain Salin-GK, 4-Loic Bade, 3-Adrien Truffert, 22-Lorenz Asignon, 8-Baptiste Santamaria, 26-Lesley Ugochukwu, 18-Matthis Abline, 9-Sehrou Guirassy, 17-Loum Tchaouna
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Rennes vs. watch PSG
- Date: sunday 3 oct
- Time: 7 a.m. ET
- TV channel: being into sports
- Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports in Spanish
- Live Stream: fuboTV
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