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French Ligue 1

Parc des Princes (ATT 42,196) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: F Fautrel

PSG Paris St Germain vs Rennes Rennes


Nene (21)


Rennes 2

R Alessandrini (13)
B Costil (S/O 26)
J Feret (34)
J Makoun (S/O 52)

Nine-man Rennes beat PSG

Last Updated: 17/11/12 8:36pm

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Rennes celebrate their shock victory

Rennes celebrate their shock victory

Nine-man Rennes defied the odds to hand Paris St Germain their second loss in as many home games.

Romain Alessandrini proved in-form Rennes meant business with a fantastic volley in the 13th minute but the Breton outfit might have crumbled when goalkeeper Benoit Costil was sent off after Nene's leveller.

But Rennes would secure their third straight league win before the half-time whistle as Julien Feret whipped in a free-kick, with Frederic Antonetti frantically reorganising his men to weather the storm following Jean Makoun's second-half dismissal.

It was not long before Alessandrini rocked the Parc des Princes with a wicked volley from range following Feret's swift counter.

Mevlut Erdinc had carelessly spilled the killer ball from Feret, only for Zoumana Camara to clear just as far as Alessandrini's primed boot.

PSG hit back and Javier Pastore found Nene in a good position to beat Costil with ease in the 20th minute.

And Rennes' keeper was walking seven minutes later after colliding violently with the onrushing Jeremy Menez just outside the penalty area, leaving Cheikh N'Diaye to hastily pull on his gloves and take to the field for Erdinc.

There was a lack of clarity at the other end in the 34th minute, though, with Salvatore Sirigu left rooted to the spot as Feret rocketed his free-kick beyond a poorly organised wall and into the back of the net.

Both sides sniped at each other following the restart, PSG's Blaise Matuidi denied a shot following a mazy run, with Makoun seeing his bullet header rattle a post.

Rennes had been surprisingly comfortable with 10 men but the real challenge would be surviving the final 40 minutes after Makoun received a second yellow for a rash tackle on Nene.

There was no time to mull over the Rennes midfielder's departure as PSG came storming forward, Maxwell teeing up Guillaume Hoarau to smash the ball against the crossbar before Pastore forcefully clattered a post from the rebound.

It was a case of all hands to the pump as the hosts plundered forward at will, N'Diaye grateful as his defenders repelled strikes from Pastore and Hoarau, with Kevin Gameiro forcing the Rennes stopper to leap across his goal and keep out a ripping volley.

And the impressive N'Diaye stood tall for a frantic 10-minute finale, successfully parrying drives from Ezequiel Lavezzi, Alex and Pastore.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 37 80
2 Lyon 37 72
3 Monaco 37 68
4 Marseille 37 66
5 St Etienne 37 66
6 Bordeaux 37 60
7 Montpellier 37 56
8 Lille 37 53
9 Rennes 37 50
10 Guingamp 37 49
11 Bastia 37 47
12 Nice 37 45
13 Nantes 37 45
14 Reims 37 44
15 Caen 37 43
16 Lorient 37 43
17 Toulouse 37 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 37 37
19 Metz 37 30
20 RC Lens 37 26