Paris Saint-Germain will look to tighten their grip on the Ligue 1 title when they host Rennes on Sunday.
Lens won 3-0 at home to bottom-of-the-table Angers to cut the gap to nine points and will hope Rennes can do them a favour, as will Marseille, who travel to Reims in Sunday’s late game.
Bruno Genesio’s side lie sixth and have European ambitions of their own but PSG have recovered from their domestic wobble after the World Cup and are on a run of four consecutive Ligue 1 victories.
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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PSG vs. Rennes live score
PSG (5-3-2, right to left): 99-Donnarumma (GK) — 29-Pembele, 31-Bitshiabu, 15-Danilo, 14-Bernat, 25-Mendes — 17-Vitinha, 6-Verratti, 8-Ruiz — 10-Messi, 7-Mbappe
Rennes (5-4-1, right to left): 30-Mandanda (GK) — 90-Spence, 23-Omari, 15-Wooh, 5-Theate, 3-Truffert (25-Meling) — 33-Doue, 6-Ugochukwu, 14-Bourigeaud, 17-Toko Ekambi — 9-Kalimuendo
PSG vs. Rennes live updates, highlights from Ligue 1
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.
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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.
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55 mins from kickoff: The Rennes team news is in. Djed Spence starts at right-back after overcoming a minor knock.
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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
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— 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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