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PSG v Rennes Live Commentary, 8/3/19

FT
2 - 1
PSG
REN
K. Mbappé (57)
Á. Di María (73)
A. Hunou (13)
Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre

Commentary

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This match concludes PSG's tour of Asia. They now head back to France to prepare for next Sunday's opening Ligue 1 fixture against Nimes at the Parc des Princes. Rennes have a trip to Montpellier in their opener, meanwhile, with that game taking place a week today.
Paris Saint-Germain win the Trophee des Champions for the seventh year running thanks to a well-earned 2-1 victory over Rennes in Shenzhen. The French champions trailed to Hunou's early strike for 44 minutes of the match, but they hit back through second-half goals from Mbappe and Di Maria. Mbappe tapped into an empty after being teed up by new boy Sarabia, while Di Maria completed the comeback with a fine free-kick that left Koubek with no chance. Despite a late flurry, Coupe de France holders Rennes could not respond.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 RENNES
K. Mbappé
Yellow Card
PSG
90' + 4' Mbappe's frustration gets the better of him as he is shown a late yellow.
90' + 4' BIG, BIG CHANCE FOR RENNES! It is all happening late on here. Rennes work a glorious chance as Gboho knocks the ball into the path of Camavinga. Ten yards from goal, he is unable to guide his shot on target and PSG are surely now over the line.
90' + 3' Koubek comes up for the corner and there is some real panic in the PSG box. The ball drifts behind for a goal-kick, though Rennes feel it should have been another corner.
90' + 2' PSG HOLDING ON! Rennes are throwing everything at their opponents now, with time fast running out. Grenier's cross takes a deflection and Areola, blocked off by Morel, flaps at the ball. Thankfully for him one of his team-mates is stood under the bar to hook it clear.
Pablo Sarabia
Yellow Card
PSG
90' Sarabia is the latest player to enter the referee's book for a strong challenge on Da Silva.
89' RENNES NEARLY SNATCH AN EQUALISER! All of a sudden PSG are looking a little nervy at the back. They switch off and Del Castillo takes advantage of a loose ball in the box by getting a shot away, which is marginally off target. Tait is also wayward with his attempt.
87' Sarabia plays in the wide free-kick and Paredes gets on the end of it, but he cannot find the target with his effort. Rennes get the ball forward as quickly as possible but Areola is swiftly off his line to collect.
86' Play is constantly being broken up now, which can surely only favour PSG - they are the side with a one-goal advantage with around five minutes to go. Rennes have struggled to get out of defensive mode since falling behind.
R. Del Castillo
J. Lea Siliki
Rennes
84' Lea Siliki, who has been heavily involved today, leaves the field with six minutes to go. Del Castillo is the player on in his place.
82' With just one goal in it, and Rennes having nothing to lose, PSG cannot afford to switch off. Lea Siliki is nearly in on goal, but he loses his footing at the wrong time.
Thiago Silva
T. Meunier
PSG
80' The experienced Silva is on for Meunier for the final 10 minutes. Tuchel is not taking any risks.
80' Grenier opts to shoot from the angle and only succeeds in picking out the wall.
79' Camavinga draws a challenge from Meunier and Rennes have a rare opportunity to get the ball into the box. Grenier is the player standing over the ball - will he shoot from the angle or will he cross?
L. Paredes
Marquinhos
PSG
78' Paredes, whose PSG career has not quite taken off yet, is on for Marquinhos.
77' PSG are looking comfortable for the first time today. This has been a serious workout for the French champions, who have never really looked like conceding a second goal.
76' Rennes were arguing the free-kick Di Maria converted should not have been awarded for Lea Siliki's challenge on Sarabia, so that may be a big talking point after the match. PSG will counter-argue that Hunou was inches offside for the opening goal.
Á. Di María
Yellow Card
PSG
74' Di Maria is shown a yellow card by the referee Benoit Bastien for his celebration.
Á. Di María
Goal
PSG
73' GOOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 2-1 RENNES! Di Maria, brought on by Tuchel at half-time with PSG 1-0 down, lifts the free-kick up and over the wall to put his side 2-1 in front. Koubek did not even bother moving, knowing that he was unable to get to it. Great technique from Di Maria!
J. Lea Siliki
Yellow Card
Rennes
72' Lea Siliki is cautioned for sliding through and catching Sarabia. He argues that he could not pull out of the challenge, but a yellow card is the right call.
71' PSG have around 20 minutes left to find a winner, or else we will go to penalties. There appears to be only one side capable of winning the match in normal time, and it is not the Coupe de France holders! It is wave after wave of pressure from Tuchel's side.
69' ANOTHER SAVE! Di Maria's curler is heading for the far corner if not for a fingertip stop from Koubek. From the resulting corner, Diallo volleys a difficult chance wide of the target. Mbappe is back on the field following that inury scare a couple of minutes ago.
Y. Gboho
B. Bourigeaud
Rennes
68' With his side under the cosh, Stephan brings on Gboho for Bourigeaud.
67' Bourigeaud caught Mbappe when making that sliding challenge. Tuchel is unhappy, seemingly claiming that it was a penalty. The striker is receiving treatment - this could be a massive blow for PSG.
66' Mbappe is about to pull the trigger - and you would bet on him finding the bet of the net from 10 yards - but Bourigeaud gets back to make a block.
65' Mbappe has eyes on a long ball over the top but his run is halted by Boey. The referee feels that it was an accidental coming together and no free-kick is awarded.
64' At 1-0 down PSG looked devoid of any real inspiration; at 1-1 they are well on top and look good value for a second. That is largely down to Rennes dropping deeper and deeper, with Mbappe starting to cause all sorts of problems.
62' SAVE! This is brilliant from Mbappe. He gets past one man, then another but his low shot is saved by Koubek at his near post.
Á. Di María
Ander Herrera
PSG
61' Herrera is replaced by Di Maria with an hour of the match played.
59' ALMOST A SECOND FOR PSG! Mbappe is starting to enjoy himself down the left-hand side, using his explosive pace to get away from Boey. PSG nearly score a second as a cross bounces up awkwardly for Sarabia, who is unable to react. The ball hits the midfielder and flies over the crossbar from a few yards out
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
57' GOOOOOOOAAALLL!!! PSG 1-1 RENNES! Tuchel's men finally show a bit of quality in the final third to drag themselves back on level terms. Marquinhos plays the ball over the top, Sarabia squares it with a first-time pass from the corner of the six-yard box and Mbappe makes no mistake with his close-range finish into an unguarded net.
Pablo Sarabia
Assist
PSG
57' Not only did Sarabia make a good run in behind, he also showed good awareness to tee up Mbappe for a simple finish.
56' Mbappe shows some good footwork to get away from half-time sub Boey. The ball is worked back to Kehrer but the shot is terrible, sailing into the stands.
55' Ten minutes of the second half have been played and we are still awaiting the first real shot. PSG are having a bit of joy down the flanks but Meunier and Bernat have been unable to pick out team-mates in the centre.
53' Bernat's cross from the left is cut out by Da Silva, who had to be cautious of Cavani standing behind him. It is passes galore from PSG with no end product at the moment - Tuchel could really do with making a change.
51' Very little has happened since the restart. PSG are still the side in control of the game, but they are not doing enough to find an equaliser. Rennes keeper Koubek has not been tested enough in the opening 51 minutes.
49' PSG have managed just one shot on target so far and they have not really stepped things up in the early stages of the second half, with Meunier's cross being aimed straight at Koubek. Could the French giants' domination of this competition be coming to an end?
47' Boey appears to be filling in at right-back as part of the Rennes reshuffle, given the task of marking Mbappe. Tuchel has held off from making any changes at the midway point.
46' RESTART! French champions PSG, trailing to Hunou's strike 13 minutes in, get us back up and running at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre.
S. Boey
A. Hunou
Rennes
46' Goalscorer Hunou is replaced by Boey for the start of the second half, which could mean a tweak in formation.
Hunou's finish rounded off a swift attack from Rennes, who have defended well since taking the lead. Tuchel may well consider making a change at the interval in an attempt to break down the opposition, with Di Maria among the attacking options on the bench.
Rennes are on course for another surprise victory over PSG as they lead 1-0 at half-time in this Trophee des Champions clash. Hunou put Stephan's side in front with 13 minutes played, around 60 seconds after Kehrer had hit the crossbar with his headed attempt at the other end of the field. The French champions undoubtedly had the better of things in terms of possession, but they struggled to create anything clear-cut and an improvement is needed in the second half if they are to retain the trophy.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: PSG 0-1 RENNES
45' + 3' Bernat's shot inside the box is blocked by Rennes skipper Da Silva - great defending!
45' + 2' Koubek beats the free-kick away and Rennes temporarily clear. With no out-ball on it is hard for them to get up the pitch, but Herrera concedes a needless foul and that should be that for the first half.
B. Bourigeaud
Yellow Card
Rennes
45' Bourigeaud completely misses the ball and gets a lot of Mbappe's shin. He becomes the first Rennes player to be cautioned.
44' NEARLY! Cavani is dragged to the ground but gets back up and chases down a loose ball, which he very nearly clips into the back of the net. He is unable to wrap his foot around the ball, though, and it ends wide of the target.
43' Diallo is late with his challenge on Tait and Rennes have a chance to regroup. The Coupe de France holders have had to do plenty of defending in this first half, yet it is they who lead with nearly half of the match played.
41' CHANCE! This has to go down as a chance for Mbappe, given the type of goal he is capable of scoring. The Frenchman watches Verratti's pass over the top all the way and volleys wide with the angle against him. He perhaps should have gone with the side of his boot.
39' Tuchel's side are struggling to find any sort of momentum as we approach the interval. Meunier miscontrols a simple pass and Sarabia is left frustrated when a decision goes against him in the final third. Rennes have six minutes of normal time to see through.
37' Cavani fancies the free-kick and wins the right to take it on. There is not enough whip on the ball, however, and it sails over the crossbar.
36' Lea Siliki fouls Bernat, perhaps seeking revenge for the earlier challenge on him. It could backfire, though, as PSG have a free-kick in a promising position.
35' PSG are occasionally getting in behind, with Herrera the latest to do so, but they are not taking advantage. A corner is won and Mbappe, after taking a touch, blasts the ball towards goal but it is blocked 10 yards out.
33' Rennes have five defenders across the edge of their box and PSG are struggling to get Mbappe on the ball in the areas where it counts. Stephan's side are doing more than enough to preserve their one-goal lead as we fast approach half-time.
31' KEHRER HEADS OVER! Kehrer again gets his head to floated delivery but is unable to keep his latest attempt down. The German defender hit the crossbar with his header 60 seconds or so before Rennes' opening goal.
29' Rennes lose possession 10 yards into their own half and PSG quickly try to get the ball forward for Mbappe. Koubek has a head start on the Frenchman and gets to it first.
27' Mbappe again shows good awareness to drift towards the front post. The cross towards him is cut out, but the Frenchman is definitely growing more and more into the match.
26' Mbappe turns away from his opponent, plays the ball into the centre and continues his run into the box, but he is not quick enough to get on the end of the return pass.
25' After a couple of minutes' treatment, Lea Siliki hobbles back onto the field. Grenier's long-range free-kick is disappointing, sending the ball high and wide.
24' Lea Siliki is in a lot of pain and Rennes' physios are on the field. Bernat can consider himself a lucky boy - that could easily have been a straight red card, even if he did get some of the ball.
Juan Bernat
Yellow Card
PSG
23' Bernat goes in hard on Lea Siliki and is perhaps fortunate to get away with just a yellow card. Both feet were off the ground when he made contact with his opponent.
22' The ball is cut back to Herrera 16 yards from goal, but it skips up on the turf as he is about to pull the trigger and he slices his shot well wide of goal.
21' Rennes have barely seen the ball since edging in front, but Stephan will not care a great deal. PSG, trailing to Hunou's 13th-minute strike, are struggling to find too many gaps in the final third - their shots are coming from range.
19' SAVE! Koubek is starting to become a lot more involved in the match. Verratti has a shot that is too hot to handle, with the Rennes keeper happy to parry it behind. Mbappe then gets an attempt away which is blocked in the box.
17' Sarabia makes a smart run in behind and has bodies to aim for in the middle, but Koubek reads the danger well to cut out the cross for a corner. The set-piece is over Cavani and Rennes are able to regroup.
15' SHOT! Sarabia takes matters into his own hand with a long-range shot that flies wide of the target. PSG have stepped things up since falling behind to Hunou's well-taken goal.
B. Bourigeaud
Assist
Rennes
13' The assist from Bourigeaud was delightful. He controlled Grenier's sweeping pass, cut inside and picked out the run of Hunou. There are suggestions of offside, but it is very hard to tell.
A. Hunou
Goal
Rennes
13' GOOOOOOOAAAALLL!!! PSG 0-1 RENNES! Less that a minute on from Kehrer hitting the crossbar, Rennes take a surprise lead in Shenzhen. Grenier sweeps the ball to Bourigeaud on the right and the wing-back sends a delightful cross to the edge of the six-yard box, which Hunou guides past Areola with a first-time finish, seemingly with his shin.
12' OFF THE BAR! PSG come within inches of opening the scoring. Kehrer gets on the end of Sarabia's floated free-kick from the left and sends his header against the crossbar and out of play. He appeared to mistime his jump slightly.
11' Mbappe gets in between Rennes' two centre-backs but is unable to control a long pass over the top. We have not seen a great deal of the Frenchman so far.
10' Bourigeaud gets a cross in from the right but it hits the side-netting. Marquinhos is playing a hybrid role for PSG today, slotting into the back four and also moving into advanced midfield, depending on whether his side is defending or attacking.
9' Grenier tries to whip in a low free-kick but it is cut out by the first man. Maouassa is fine to continue.
8' Maouassa is in need of treatment after being caught by Meunier. There was no malice in the challenge.
T. Meunier
Yellow Card
PSG
7' Meunier is shown the first yellow card of the match for catching Maouassa across the cheek with his elbow.
6' Rennes are happy to settle for chances on the counter. PSG are the side seeing far more of the ball, but they have not really created anything so far. Meunier's cross from the right is easily dealt with by Koubek.
5' PSG are struggling to find their passing groove in the early stages, not helped by the state of the pitch - the turf is constantly cutting up, and we have only played five minutes. Rennes ace Hunou is not moving freely after being caught.
3' A cross from the Rennes right is well handled by Areola. PSG get the ball forward and a pass over the top is nearly met by Verratti, who is brought down by Morel in the box. The referee blows his whistle, but it is for offside and not the infringement in the box.
1' KICK-OFF! Coupe de France holders Rennes get us up and running in Shenzhen! Can Stephan's side pull off another upset against the French champions?
PSG have won 11 of their last 13 matches in all competitions against Rennes, but they were beaten on penalties in the most recent encounter a little over three months ago.
Rennes also include a couple of new players today as Tait starts in attacking midfield and Morel comes in at right-back. Salin and Boey are among the subs and could play a part at some stage, but there is no M'Baye Niang and Ismaila Sarr - strongly linked with a move away - is also absent. Hunou, who scored seven Ligue 1 goals last season, will lead the line for the underdogs.
PSG have a blend of old and new about them as the likes of Mbappe, Cavani and Verratti are joined by new signings Diallo, Herrera and Sarabia. Herrera and Sarabia form part of what looks a far stronger midfield on the face of it than the one that ended the 2018-19 season, and they will soon to be joined by fellow new recruit Idrissa Gueye, who is not involved today. There is also no Neymar for the French champions, despite his return to training this week, as he is banned due to a suspension that is carried over from last season.
Rennes subs: Romain Salin, Yann Gboho, Jakob Johansson, Sacha Boey, Gerzino Nyamsi, Romain Del Castillo, Lucas da Cunha.
RENNES (4-2-3-1): Tomas Koubek, Jeremy Morel, Damien Da Silva (c), Jeremy Gelin, James Lea Siliki; Clement Grenier, Eduardo Camavinga; Benjamin Bourigeaud, Flavien Tait, Faitout Maouassa; Adrien Hunou.
PSG subs: Thiago Silva, Leandro Paredes, Colin Dagba, Layvin Kurzawa, Kevin Trapp, Angel Di Maria, Arthur Zagre.
PSG (3-4-1-2): Alphonse Areola; Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos (c), Abdou Diallo; Thomas Meunier, Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti, Juan Bernat; Pablo Sarabia; Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe.
Rennes are the side standing between PSG and a record seventh successive Trophee des Champions success. Julien Stephan's charges prevailed 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time when the sides met in April's Coupe de France final showdown. That defeat for PSG sent shockwaves through French football, and Rennes will be hoping to inflict further misery on their opponents in this opening fixture of the 2019-20 campaign for both teams.
This curtain-raising fixture for the French domestic campaign sees Ligue 1 champions PSG take on the side that beat them in last season's Coupe de France final, meaning that revenge will be on the cards for Thomas Tuchel's men. The Parisians have won this competition six years running, most recently beating Monaco 4-0 at this ground almost 12 months ago to the day.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Trophee des Champions clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in China.