Karl Toko Ekambi gave Rennes a halftime lead over a lacklustre Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 before Arnaud Kalimuendo made it 2-0 early in the second period.
PSG were seeking to extend their nine-point lead at the summit but laboured during Sunday’s first half at the Parc des Princes, with Kylian Mbappe going closest for the hosts after he had a 23rd-minute strike ruled out for offside.
Both teams had success with long passes in behind the opposition defence and, in the final minute of the half, on-loan Lyon forward Toko Ekambi latched on to Benjamin Bourigeaud’s raking ball and fired beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The hosts were jeered at the interval and Messi came in for sustained catcalls from the home fans, whose mood was not improved by Kalimuendo finding a close-range finish against his former club
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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PSG vs. Rennes live score
REN — Karl Toko Ekambi (Benjamin Bourigeaud) — 45th minute.
REN — Arnaud Kalimuendo (Chimuanya Ugochukwu) —48th minute.
PSG (4-4-1-2, right to left): 99-Donnarumma (GK) — 31-Bitshiabu, 15-Danilo, 14-Bernat (18-Renato Sanches) — 29-Pembele, 6-Verratti, 8-Ruiz (44-Hugo Ekitike), 25-Mendes — 17-Vitinha — 10-Messi, 7-Mbappe
Rennes (3-4-3, right to left): 30-Mandanda (GK) — 23-Omari, 15-Wooh, 5-Theate — 90-Spence, 6-Ugochukwu, 14-Bourigeaud, 3-Truffert (25-Meling) — 33-Doue, 9-Kalimuendo 17-Toko Ekambi
PSG vs. Rennes live updates, highlights from Ligue 1
74th minute: Messi is pulling the strings when there’s enough torque for him to do so in this limp PSG assortment. The latest attack sees Mbappe once again off-target from a tight angle.
73rd minute: Messi, who is one shy of 800 career goals, tries his luck from 25 yards. The ball wobbles around a bit but Mandanda gets enough behind it.
68th minute: A chance for 3-0! Toko Ekambi shifts the ball onto his right foot and shoots just over the far post. Danilo, who has defended with all the robust commitment of a mannequin, allowed that to happen.
64th minute: Ekitike drives forward on the break. The youngster has livened up this PSG performance, although that’s not exactly difficult. He lays it off to Messi, who finds Mbappe for a wild effort that goes high and wide.
58th minute: Messi lofts a pass out to Mbappe, who sizes up Spence but the on-loan Tottenham wing-back stands firm at the cost of a corner.
56th minute: Double change for PSG as Sanches and Ekitike replace Bernat and Fabian Ruiz.
54th minute: Mbappe tries a shot on the turn but Wooh gets enough of a foot in for the ball to spin harmlessly back towards Mandanda.
52nd minute: Christopher Wooh booked for handball. Christopher Booh.
50th minute: PSG briefly thing they have a penalty as Meling goes walloping into Mendes. No doubt that’s a foul but replays confirm Mendes was offside as he darted in from the flank.
48th minute: GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Arnaud Kalimuendo!!!!!!
The boos rain down again. A pass towards a fairly disinterested-looking Messi is snaffled in midfield and Rennes cut through a static PSG defence. Danilo is caught ball watching and Kalimuendo slots in Ugochukwu’s low cross to score against his former club.
It’s the PSG old boy! 👀
Arnaud Kalimuendo doubles Rennes’ lead against PSG as jeers ring around Parc des Princes. pic.twitter.com/7MdHX96QRG
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 19, 2023
46th minute: Back underway in Paris, where Christophe Galtier has sent on Warren Zaire Emery for Pembele.
Halftime: Messi gives the ball away and his jeered by some of the home fans. The catcalls get louder as the whistle sounds and Rennes, despite the early loss of Truffert to that nasty-looking ankle injury – have a halftime lead at the Parc des Princes.
45th minute: GOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! Toko Ekambi!!!!
No prizes for guessing that a raking ball over the top does the damage but it’s Rennes who led! Toko Ekambi gets clear of Bernat’s attentions and smashes past Donnarumma. In the absence of away fans, a stunned silence gives way to jeers from the home support. There’ll be more of that if PSG don’t level in these two minutes of injury time.
Control & Finish! 💫
Rennes’ Karl Toko Ekambi drills beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma at Parc des Princes. pic.twitter.com/z4xn72ycPM
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 19, 2023
41st minute: Following a sleepy period of play, Mbappe is in behind the Rennes backline once more. He thumps high towards goal and Mandanda parries upwards before turning back and grasping the loose ball in his goalmouth.
34th minute: Good outside-to-in run from Pembele, whose low ball into the six-yard box looking for Mbappe is snaffled by Mandanda.
33rd minute: Again the ball over the top proves fruitful for PSG. Messi spins to engineer some space but shoots too close to Mandanda, who gathers easily. It might have been offside in any case.
30th minute: Truffert has re-emerged and will take his place on the Rennes bench while grappling with a pair of crutches.
26th minute: Vitinha snaffles a loose ball and Rennes are in trouble. Here’s Messi and that’s a delicious angled pass to Mbappe. Mandanda is out quickly, though, and does enough to block an attempted dinked finish.
25th minute: PSG try the direct ploy again and Mbappe is onside this time. The angle is against his however and he thrashes across goal and wide with his left foot.
24th minute: Messi bustles after a ball over the top and Mandanda claims. The Rennes goalkeeper briefly looked like he was about to tumble out of his area then but managed to stick the landing.
Messi fue silbado en el Parque de los Príncipes.
— JS (@juegosimple__) March 19, 2023
23rd minute: There he is! Mbappe darts clear of the Rennes defence and thumps into the net. But he was offside by a couple of yards and knew as much.
NO GOAL! ❌⚽️ Offside! Kylian Mbappe’s opener was disallowed.
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21st minute: Not much happening at the moment, with Mbappe on the margins. That is at least an improvement, so far as PSG are concerned, given they spent the first 10 minutes seemingly trying to concede a goal.
16th minute: Messi looks to get a lethargic PSG going. A sliding Omari deflects his shot form 20 yards wide. Danilo looks to convert from the resulting corner but the visitors hack clear.
11th minute: Toko Ekambi turns Bernat inside out. Again Bitshiabu gets back to deflect his shot behind for a corner. Messi looks to break as PSG deal with the danger.
9th minute: Good again from Rennes as Doue aims a low cross toward Kalimuendo. Teenage defender Bitshiabu makes a vital near-post challenge inside the six-yard box.
8th minute: A slip in the PSG defence and Toko Ekambi gets a chance to cut onto his right foot, only to drag his shot wide. That was better chance than he made it look.
4th minute: Truffert sits down on the turf before hobbling off in anguish. His race is run. On comes Birger Meling
3rd minute: Messi tries to work an angle coming in from the right and finds Vitinha, who overcooks his pass for Fabian Ruiz and it’s a goal kick. Truffert is going to try and run it off, but he looks in an unhelpful amount of pain.
1st minute: We’re underway and Pembele stretches his legs down the right. Truffert blocks the cross and it goes out for a corner. The Rennes left-back has gone over horribly on his ankle in doing so, though, and we could see a very early change.
4 mins from kickoff: The teams are in the tunnel at the Parc des Princes. We’re almost ready to go.
15 mins from kickoff: Her beloved Arsenal are wrapping up a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace. It could be quite the day.
Kim Kardashian is at the Parc des Princes this afternoon to watch PSG take on Rennes.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 19, 2023
25 mins from kickoff: Kylian Mbappe has scored in each of PSG’s four consecutive league wins, netting six in this period. Messi was also on target in the first three of those games. In Neymar’s absence, they might be proving the old adage that two’s company and three is a crowd.
45 mins from kickoff: This is the PSG XI, with Mbappe and Messi present and correct. It looks like both sides will field start with three central defenders.
🆗 Le onze de départ parisien dans ce #PSGSRFC.#AllezParis 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/dT4ugX3elX
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) March 19, 2023
55 mins from kickoff: The Rennes team news is in. Djed Spence starts at right-back after overcoming a minor knock.
👥 Le XI pour affronter le PSG. #PSGSRFC #ToutDonner pic.twitter.com/zFJfN894H5
— Stade Rennais F.C. (@staderennais) March 19, 2023
1 hours 20 mins from kickoff: Lionel Messi will head off for a celebratory homecoming with his Argentina teammates after this match. But is the final chapter of his PSG career coming next? The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and yet to pen an extension.
“It’s too early to know his future,” said Galtier this week, speaking with the calmness of a man who knows he’s probably off in the summer whatever happens. “He, the board and the president are talking a lot. I’ve already said that his stay would be positive news for everyone. “I know there has been a lot of criticism after [going out of the Champions League to] Bayern Munich, but he has been decisive in many moments of the season.”
1 hour 40 mins from kickoff: After a week when PSG had to watch another Champions League quarterfinal draw from a distance, Christophe Galtier’s side can take step towards another Ligue 1 title when they taken on Rennes. Bruno Genesio’s Europa League-chasing side begins a relatively tricky run of fixtures, with Lyon, Nice and second-placed Lens up after the international break. If PSG get through those unscathed then it will be time to start engraving the trophy.
2 hours mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Paris Saint-Germain versus Rennes from Ligue 1. PSG saw their lead narrowed to nine points at the apex of the French top flight, but could restore the double-digit lead with victory today.
⚽️ 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐃𝐀𝐘 ⚽️
🏟️ Parc des Princes
⌚️ 5:05pm CET
🔴 #AllezParis 🔵 pic.twitter.com/Ja2tn95eiz
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) March 19, 2023
PSG vs Rennes lineups, team news
Head coach Christophe Galtier has a long list of injury absences, including Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Nordi Mukiele, Carlos Soler, and Marquinhos out of action until after the international break, and Neymar and Presnel Kimpembe sidelined for the season.
PSG starting XI (5-3-2): Donnarumma (GK) — Pembele, Bitshiabu, Danilo, Bernat, Mendes — Vitinha, Verratti, Ruiz — Messi, Mbappe
PSG subs (8): Rico (GK), Leteillier (GK), Charbi, Sanches, Zaire-Emery, Housni, Fernandez Veliz, Lamy
Rennes will be without key forward Jeremy Doku for this match, although Tottenham loanee Djed Spence is fit to start after a minor injury and is likely to start on the bench. Captain Hamari Traore is back among the substitutes, while Warmed Omari returns from suspension to bolster the defence.
Rennes starting XI (5-4-1): Mandanda (GK) — Spence, Omari, Wooh, Theate, Truffert — Doue, Ugochukwu, Bourigeaud, Toko Ekambi — Kalimuendo
Rennes subs (11): Alemdar (GK), Salin (GK), Traore, Rodon, Belocian, Meling, Santamaria, Majer, Tait, Gouiri, Salah
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