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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 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23