Can Paris Saint-Germain keep up its perfect start to the Ligue 1 season? It has what, on paper, looks like a winnable match with its trip to Brittany to face Stade Rennais, also popularly known as Rennes.
League-leading PSG has gone 8 for 8 to begin its French Ligue 1 campaign. It is already 15 points better than 14th-placed Rennes (2-3-3). The Parisian side is still a ways from matching the record it set in 2018-19 with 14 straight wins to start that season. PSG’s current Ligue 1 winning streak has largely happened without star signing Lionel Messi, who since arriving has missed five Ligue 1 matches due to injury, rest or lack of fitness. Messi’s only two appearances to date in the French top flight have come against Stade de Reims and Olympique Lyon.
Both teams are coming off midweek victories in European cup competition. PSG notched another win, 2-0, Tuesday against fellow UEFA Champions League favorite Manchester City with Messi scoring his first goal for the club. In the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday, Rennes got a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Dutch club Vitesse with the game-winner scored by teenager Kamaldeen Sulemana.
“They have some exceptional players but we’re capable of giving them trouble,” Rennes head coach Bruno Genesio said in the lead-up to the match. “We need to remember what we did to them last season (a 1-1 draw in Rennes). We’ll give everything on the field [Sunday].”
Sporting News will be following the Rennes-PSG match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they occur.
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
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55th min.: Three yellow cards in a matter of a minute. It’s Jonas Martin (Rennes), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG) and Gigi Donnarumma (PSG) who all get cautioned, the latter two for protests. Martin rammed into the back of a PSG player on a header challenge. It looked innocent enough.
52nd min.: The crowd wants a penalty kick call for the home side. No call from the ref. Rennes are going to enjoy operating on the counterattack. And the fans are still bouncing up and down after that second goal.
49th min.: This is the first two-goal deficit that PSG is facing this season. We’ll see if the stars can bring them back.
46th min.: What a start to the second half! Goal by Rennes! Flavien Tait unmarked in the box to finish off a cross by Gaetan Laborde. PSG were asleep to start the second half. Roazhon Park is rocking.
Halftime: Rennes 1, PSG 0
Halftime: After a tricky start, PSG eventually got a grip on the game and created a series of chances. Messi was pulling the strings and was arguably the most influential he’s been while with PSG. But finishing struggles from Mbappe and Neymar, and some good goalkeeping from Alfred Gomis meant PSG failed to take advantage. That allowed the best two Rennes attacking players to combine for the opening goal just before the halftime whistle.
45th min.: Rennes goal! Sulemana with the cross from the left side and Gaetan Laborde crashes the far post and finishes with the first-time volley. Rennes take the lead against the run of play.
44th min.: Great goalkeeping by Alfred Gomis, who stops an Angel Di Maria cross in the box that was destined for a PSG teammate. Gomis has been the standout for Rennes along with Sulemana.
41st min.: Rennes winger Sulemana is a one-man wrecking crew and his latest run leads to a corner kick. Rennes take their time with this corner after a period of domination from PSG. The corner kick amounts to nothing.
38th min.: Mbappe can’t complain he’s not getting passes today. This time it’s Neymar with the pass into Mbappe, but Rennes ‘keeper Gomis comes off his line to claim the ball.
36th min.: Rennes is having a hard time containing Messi, who’s finding pockets and making darting runs. Messi combines again with Mbappe and Rennes ‘keeper Alfred Gomis comes out to snuff out the chance.
33rd min.: Messi to Mbappe again! He feeds the forward, who rounds the ‘keeper, loses the angle, and then puts the ball back in the middle for Messi. But the ball is cleared by Rennes. Those two are finding each other today.
31st min.: Messi crossbar! He wins a free kick 25 yards out and curls the ball over the wall and off the face of the bar, and it bounces away from goal.
27th min.: PSG is feeling it. Now long-distance goal specialist Idrissa Gueye with a shot from outside that barely misses the left post. Good moment for PSG.
25th min.: Messi to Mbappe and nearly a goal! Messi sends Mbappe through on goal, but the French forward skies 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 min.: Neymar with a shot inside the box! The ball takes a fortunate bounce in the box and falls to Neymar who badly misses the target. Here’s a positive Neymar play from earlier in the game:
21st min.: Sulemana is now on the right wing and he fires a left-footed shot that barely misses the top corner of Donnarumma’s goal. Great chance.
Rennes currently giving PSG their most severe Ligue 1 work out to date.
Kamaldeen just gone close from the edge of the box.
0-0 after 22 minutes.#SRFCPSG
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 3, 2021
18th min.: End-to-end action. Rennes midfielder Jonas Martin with a shot that misses the target, then PSG’s Achraf Hakimi appears in the Rennes box and then we’re back down on the other end for a Rennes corner. Entertaining match.
15th min.: Rennes is getting to the PSG back line with some ease. This is going to be an open game. A stat to keep in mind: Rennes coach Bruno Genesio has lost only one of five home matches against PSG:
11th min.: PSG ‘keeper Donnarumma with some words for Rennes forward Martin Terrier, who challenged for a ball which Donnarumma won. But the Italian ‘keeper took a knock to the head in the process and didn’t like it.
10th min.: Rennes left winger Kamaldeen Sulemana is getting on the ball a lot and he looks to be the major source of danger. He started a play which finished with a shot by Gaetan Laborde which was right at Donnarumma.
6th min.: Quick turn and burst of acceleration by Kylian Mbappe and it’s Rennes center back Nayef Aguerd who challenges and cuts off his run in the box. Great defensive play.
2nd min.: PSG’s Marquinhos clears an early Rennes corner and a Flavien Tait cross is gobbled up by PSG ‘keeper Gigi Donnarumma.
1st min.: Kylian Mbappe kicks off the match and Rennes come out pressing. The crowd is immediately into it.
6:52 a.m.: There will be a minute of applause before kickoff in memory of former Marseille owner Bernard Tapie, who passed away on Sunday.
6:44 a.m.: Messi getting the friendly reception from the home fans:
6:00 a.m.: The league leaders kick off Ligue 1’s seven-game Sunday slate.
Rennes vs. PSG lineups
Neymar, Messi, Di Maria and Mbappe all get the start in PSG’s final match before the international break for World Cup qualifiers. 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 because of illness, while one of the club’s big offseason signings, central defender Sergio Ramos, is still working his way back into shape. He’s somehow managed to cobble together his starting XI:
PSG starting lineup (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 match, and he’s starting six of 11 players on short rest after Thursday’s Europa Conference League road win at Vitesse. Belgian teen star Jeremy Doku is out injured.
Stade Rennais starting lineup (4-4-2, 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 Assignon, 8-Baptiste Santamaria, 26-Lesley Ugochukwu, 18-Matthis Abline, 9-Sehrou Guirassy, 17-Loum Tchaouna
How to watch Rennes vs. PSG
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
- Time: 7 a.m. ET
- TV channel: beIN Sports
- Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports en Espanol
- Live stream: fuboTV
The match will be televised live by beIN Sports, which is available on fuboTV (free 7-day trial for new users).