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November 17, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: F. Fautrel
• Attendance: 42196
R. Alessandrini 14'
J. Féret 35'
90' + 3'
That's it from me, on an evening of high drama - three games without a win for PSG. Until next time, good night!
90' + 3'
The players and staff are on the pitch - acting as if they've won the entire title! What an incredible game. PSG have lost again at home, despite having two men extra for 41 minutes. Unbelievable.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME; THEY'VE DONE IT! PSG 1-2 RENNES!
90' + 2'
Oh, close shave again as Nene's ball down the wing frustratingly goes behind for a goal-kick. Just a minute left. Just 60 SECONDS! The tension is unbearable.
90' + 1'
N'DIAYE - MAGNIFICIENT SAVE! Pastore launches a powerful effort goalwards, and it's saved again. Looked a certain goal. The goalkeeper is living a charmed life.
THREE ADDED MINUTES - DO NOT GO ANYWHERE!
Clearance, desperate clearances everywhere, as Rabiot tees himself up to shoot, and it's hurriedly cleared away by Danze. Into injury time surely.
Corner to PSG, as Lavezzi is muscled out by Mavinga. Headed away by Feret, and it's cleared all the way back. Nene moves forward with another cross, and it's saved once more by N'Diaye.
Cross in deep towards Hoarau by Rabiot, and N'Diaye clinches it with applause. Heart-stopping stuff here. A real entertaining encounter laced with controversy. Salma Hayek - well, is as cool, calm collected as they come. The massive Rennes fan is watching keenly.
Just over three minutes to go in the Parc des Princes. No-one is leaving here, as we watch with anticipation what would be a fantastic away victory. Antoinetti can barely watch. PSG have been on an onslaught for the last 30 minutes.
Five minutes until the end of the match, and we are close to the shock result, we've been ready for since close to half-time. Corner conceded by Mavinga.
Rennes meanwhile have won four of their last five games in Ligue 1 before tonight - they currently (as it stands) sit 4th in the table. Ancelotti looks on in disbelief, what is happening to his well-assembled side?
N'DIAYE! ANOTHER TOP SAVE! This goalkeeper is having a stormer, given that he only came on because of Costil's red card. ANother save down low at Hoarau, as Kana-Biyik gets the ball away.
N'DIAYE! MAGNIFICIENT SAVE! At the feet of the Parisian attaackers, he launches a fine stop down low. Referee comes to his rescue, as a free-kick is awarded the other way, as Nene taps into an empty net.
GAMEIRO! He was given space by Pitroipa, and launches a fine curling attempt from the right edge of the box. N'Diaye with a fine diving save to deny the player.
Rabiot attempts to find Matuidi, and it's in the end, adjudged to be a free-kick for Danze, who rolls around in pain. If Rennes hold this, it would surely go down as one of the most surprising results in Europe.
Rennes on the break, but given their two-man deficit, it quickly fizzles out as Danze loses possession. No striker, and a host of defenders protecting their lead. Pastore launches a ball towards Gameiro, but it's out for a goalkick.
The battle continues. Lovely play from the trio as Blaise Matuidi picks out Hoarau with an astute pass. Into Pastore, and the Argentine slams the ball low and into the arms of N'Diaye.
PENALTY?! NO! The referee waves for a corner. The PSG players are in complete disbelief. Boye actually does touch the ball with his arm, trying to control it. Wow, they have a point there!
Yellow Card Nené
Nene reprimanded for a poor tackle as Rennes break after a failed corner routine from les Parisiens. The scorer is booked for his actions. Pastore's shot from the corner, well blocked by the defender.
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Free-kick awarded to Rennes brings out another howl of fury from the stands as Alex is adjudged to have jumped unfairly with Kana-Biyik. Time is winding down - 20 minutes to hang on.
The backs-to-the-wall job continues as Pitroipa cut out the lofted ball, with Gameiro racing down on goal. Mavinga clears the ball away.
Another wave of attacks as Maxwell launches a low cross in towards the middle. It evades Hoarau, as Mavinga mis-hits the clearance away. Luckily for him, it falls to a team-mate as Feret is fouled.
Another round of boos from the fans as Lavezzi graciously hands the ball back to the opposition after the injury of Kana-Biyik. 24 minutes to go.
Kana-Biyik tended to by the physios, as Antoinetti scratches his head in bewilderment. For all of their efforts, PSG and Ancelotti are just at a loss in finding out how to penetrate this rock-solid defence.
Further outrage, as Kana-Biyik goes down, signalling the end of a fine PSG move. Lovely through ball towards Pastore is cut out, with Lavezzi supplying a through ball towards Matuidi on the right. The referee halts play
Ancelotti going for broke here - Camara is substituted in favour of a striker, with Kevin Gameiro charged with reviving a flagging PSG side.
Unbelievable game so far, and as one-sided a match can be at the minute. Camara comes in off the right, as Maxwell races into the box. The cross is picked out by N'Diaye.
PASTORE! The header is slight, and straight into the arms of N'Diaye. PSG are bewildered - how are they still behind after an attacking masterclass.
HOW UNLUCKY! PSG hit the bar twice in five seconds as Hoarau's header cannons off the woodwork, before Pastore's rebound slams against the post. Oh dear me.
PASTORE! Great save by N'Diaye - the onslaught continues as Rennes struggle with a two-man deficit. Curling shot by the Argentine, and after N'Diaye parries, it's hooked away.
ALEX! OHH JUST WIDE! From the corner by Nene, the delivery meets the head of the former Chelsea man, and it flies narrowly wide. Huge sigh of relief for the goalkeeper.
Park the bus? They have no other option if they want to leave with a shock victory. Lavezzi again tricks his way past the defender, but Mavinga recovers to concede the corner.
Substitution - Romain Alessandrini is sacrificed for Romain Danze - it will be a defensive job
The entire landscape of the match has changed, as Rennes find themselves with just eight outfield players. 37 minutes to play with a two-man disadvantage - can they pull it off?!
Yellow/Red Jean II Makoun
RED CARD! Jean Il Makoun's second yellow sees him depart after a rash challenge on Nene, and they have a massive job on their hands. Antoinetti fumes on the touch-line.
CLOSE AGAIN! Theophile Catherine gets in a tussle with Camara for the loose ball from the corner, as an overhead kick goes wrong from Pitroipa.
MAKOUN! Oh, what a save by Sirigu. Fantastic delivery in to meet the former Aston Villa man and he heads powerfully towards the goal, but is denied by the Italian who claws it away from the post.
Benoit Costil returns to the stands to watch the second half - as Ancelotti watches on frustratingly as Thiago Silva is reprimanded for a foul.
THIAGO SILVA! Oh, just wide. Great header from the Brazilian defender who rises highest to meet the corner, as it inches wide of the left post.
Close from PSG! Nene flanks in Matuidi on the right, who advances into the box. The midfielder does well to bamboozle two defenders, before it's cleared for a corner.
Substitutions - (PSG) Clement Chantome is off for 17-year-old Adrien Rabiot (Rennes) Vincent Pajot is on for Yann M'Vila
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Two substitutions have been made, more news on that in a second.
The teams are out for the second half - a huge period coming up for PSG. They could find themselves as low as fifth come tomorrow night.
A dazzling first half, and one laced with controversy. Despite 10 men, with goalkeeper Benoit Costil sent off, the Rouge et Noir are buzzing in the capital, with an astute defensive performance coupled with two blistering goals by Alessandrini (volley) and Feret (free-kick). PSG looking disjointed so far, with Nene the only bright player. A massive 45 minutes to come.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: PSG 1-2 Stade Rennes
45' + 2'
NENE! Fantastic save by N'Diaye. Hoarau feeds the Brazilian on the edge of the area, and he curls the ball towards the top corner. Substitute goalkeeper N'Diaye with a fine save.
45' + 1'
Nene skips over a meek challenge by Mavinga on the far side, and gallops towards Hoarau, who cannot retrieve possession of the ball. Rennes at sixes and sevens here.
TWO ADDED MINUTES at the Parc des Princes.
LAVEZZI! Oh, just no control there. Great lofted ball once more as Pastore evades M'Vila, but the former Napoli man cannot divert the ball towards N'Diaye.
Corner is poor, as the Rennes' side clear the ball away, amid gestures of handball. Chantome on the rebound fires over.
Great run and move from Lavezzi who launches in a low cross towards the box, but Boye races towards the ball and clears away for a corner.
Edging towards half-time in a very surreal first-half here in Paris. PSG have just not got going against a resurgent Rennes side, who have had their goalkeeper sent off. Lavezzi and Nene have not clicked as of yet.
No, it's a woeful free-kick, going clean over the bar. The midfielder is sacrificed for Guillaume Hoarau - with French TV reporting a slight thigh problem.
PSG aiming once more for an equaliser, as Lavezzi is brought down on the edge of the area. Menez is over it, and its a fantastic opportunity for another goal...
Who would've thought it? Rennes 2-1 up, and playing better with ten men. The numerical disadvantage doesn't even faze the visitors, who go ahead with a brilliant free-kick. PSG are all over the place, and very clumsy conceding a number of free-kicks.
Goal Julien Féret
GOAAL!! FERET! 2-1! The 10-men of Rennes take the lead again. Fabulous free-kick by Julian Feret who curls it away from the wall and past Sirigu outstretched at his near post. What a game we have on here.
Poor free-kick taken by Julian Feret whose delivery meekly goes out for a goal-kick. From the re-start, a lax Alex pass is picked up by Pitroipa, who is hacked down by Matuidi. Rennes have a great chance from the set-piece here, just 20 metres out.
Yellow Card Zoumana Camara
The prevalent fouling continues as Camara is booked for a rash challenge on Makoun. Antoinetti meanwhile berates on the touch-line, asking the referee to open his eyes. Comical.
Ohh, Sirigu misses the delivery altogether, as the curling inswinging corner by Alessandrini evades everyone in the box and goes behind for a goal-kick.
Corner to PSG is wasted as Makoun picks up possession on the edge of the area and leads the charge. A ball towards Jonathan Pitroipa on the flank leads to Thiago Silva heading behind. Corner to Rennes.
Cheick Tidiane N'Diaye
Substitution - Cheick N'Diaye is on for Mevlut Erding - the Turkish striker is sacrificed. Nene takes the free-kick, and is well headed away by Boye.
Slight delay here as Jean Makoun is booked, and Rennes take their time in getting the substitute goalkeeper on the field. Costil has departed the pitch and already down the tunnel.
Yellow Card Jean II Makoun
Red Card Benoit Costil
Yes, it's a straight red card after much deliberation from referee Fredy Fautrel. Frederic Antoinetti slams his coat down in anger, screaming - what I believe are words not fit for media. The referee is still deliberating with the players.
RED CARD BENOIT COSTIL!
OUCH! Menez latches onto a weighted pass and Costil races down his line and upends the winger. Surely a red card, and both sides surround the referee. What will it be?
Rennes' early dominance is being clawed back by les Parisiens as Nene races down the wing once more, beating Mavinga easily. Menez is at the far post, and the low cross in is over-hit.
Assist Javier Pastore
That was Nene's 55th Ligue 1 goal as PSG's faithful find their voice once again. A superb chip by the Brazilian, who had Lavezzi as an option on the right hand side, opting to score himself.
GOAAL!! PSG 1-1 RENNES! Nene has equalised - his fourth goal in one and a quarter games against Rennes. A brilliant through ball from Pastore catches out Kana Biyik and the Brazilian races through and chips Costil. Goalkeeper no chance. Game on.
NENE! WHAT A SAVE BY COSTIL! The Brazilian, who scored a hat-trick when these sides met in April finds his way into the box and unleashes a shot at the near post - a combination of a save by Costil and the woodwork keeps it out - I, and many of the fans inside the PdP thought it was in!
Nene is now causing a bit of havoc down this left wing, tricking his way past Rennes' defeders. Corner to PSG, and they must be hoping to make it count here.
PSG have now fallen behind in their last two home games - as Pastore sruns through the midfield attempting to pick out Ezequiel Lavezzi. The hosts are rattled.
Goal Romain Alessandrini
GOOAAAALLL!! RENNES TAKE THE LEAD! A hush in the Parc des Princes as Romain Alessandrini fires in a superb volley. Feret opens up the defence, finding the winger. Camara's slip ensured that Alessandrini had the space to fire in the opener!
Truly fantastic goal by Alessandrini who this season has scored a number of great goals - including a long-range volley against Nancy last weekend. Hollywood actress Salma Hayek cheers in the stands!
Frederic Antoinetti's side performing well so far with that bold 4-3-3 formation which has seen their fortunes change in recent weeks. Camara on the right, captains PSG - after Jallet (injury) and Van der Wiel (suspended) sat out.
And there we are - Pastore lifts a dazzling through ball towards Nene, who controls it with his back, before being adjudged to have been in an offside position. Ten minutes gone in Paris.
The fans are already frustrated at the fact Rennes have started this game brightly. Erding with a foul, sees Thiago Silva awarded a free-kick. Interesting to see how Pastore and Nene form behind Menez and Lavezzi.
A very cautious opening from PSG, who are so far performing rather averagely. Nene performs a fantastic flick towards Maxwell on the left, but John Boye is in the way
ALESSANDRINI! Wide shot and not near in beating Sirigu. A fast break from the Rennais side sees the Frenchman shoot low and wide, to the left of Sirigu's post.
Yellow Card Clément Chantôme
Ohh! Close from Menez as he latches onto a fine through ball from deep in midfield. Perhaps a little too heavy a touch as Kana-Biyik deflects the ball back to Costil, who needs to clear hurriedly.
And we have the first yellow card of the game already as Makoun is charged down in midfield by Chantome. The midfielder is the first in the book.
Romain Alessandrini is over it, and it's a rather poor free-kick, as it clatters off the wall. The winger has scored some fantastic goals recently, expected a little more.
A very fast paced opening. PSG break, launching the ball towards Maxwell on the left, but Makoun surges forward after the move fizzles out and is clipped by the defender. Free-kick in a promising position.
The visitors calm in possession at the moment, gently knocking the ball around, before Chantome clears from the middle of the area.
KICK-OFF IN PARIS! Rennes in their white away kit, attacking from right to left.
Players are out, and the pre-match formalities over. Salma Hayek was actually on the pitch moments ago, branding a Rennes shirt. Not bad.
This afternoon's referee is Fredy Fautrel, kick-off just eight minutes away, as the atmosphere builds.
Stade Rennes: Costil; Theophile-Catherine, Kana-Biyik, Boye, Mavinga; M'Vila, Makoun; Feret, Alessandrini, Pitroipa, Erding
Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Maxwell, Alex, Thiago Silva, Camara; Matuidi, Chantome; Pastore, Nene, Menez; Lavezzi
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
This fixture in 2011-12 ended in a 3-0 win for PSG in May, with Nene scoring a hat-trick. The Brazilian does start today, after returning from a broken cheekbone. Les Parisiens have not managed to score more than twice at home in the league so far this season, though Frederic Antonetti's side have suffered defeat in only one trip to Paris since 2006.
Rennes meanwhile, emerged from a woeful start to the league season, and they've now won four of their last five games. Frederic Antoinetti's men sit in ninth, though just four points behind the league leaders. Romain Alessandrini and Mevlut Erding have particularly stuck out for the Rouge et Noir, and both will be hoping for more of an impact today.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic serves out the second of his two-game ban, despite scoring all FOUR goals in Sweden's 4-2 win over England, including THAT overhead kick from 35 yards out to beat Joe Hart in Solna on Wednesday - what a treat it would've been to see him this afternoon. Furthermore, right-backs Christophe Jallet (injured) and Gregory van der Wiel (suspended) are out, followed by Thiago Motta (injured) and Mamadou Sakho (suspended). Diego Lugano has been called up, though it is likely that Zoumana Camara will fill in on the right.
Nevertheless, it is becoming very tight at the top, with virtually the entire top half separated by just a handful of points. Lille missed their chance, going down 2-0 at Lorient last night, but PSG head into this game with a number of injuries and suspensions.
Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to reverse out of a minor lull in the last few weeks, and push further ahead at the top with a win against a resurgent Stade Rennes side in the capital. Carlo Ancelotti's side have not won their last two games - with the 1-0 shock home defeat last time out against Saint-Etienne followed by a 1-1 draw against Montpellier, though the Parisians played for almost the entire match with just 10 men.
First of all, let me introduce myself. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through today's events for the next two hours. Don't forget to use Twitter to send us your predictions, musings and comments and tell me what you think throughout the 90 minutes - the handle is @mohammedali_93. Furthermore, send your comments to the Goal.com matchcentre chatbox to your right.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from Ligue 1. This afternoon's encounter sees Paris Saint-Germain host Stade Rennes, at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Confirmed team news shortly.
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