PSG rest Neymar ahead of UCL clash vs. United

  • PSG rest Neymar ahead of UCL clash vs. United

PSG rest Neymar ahead of UCL clash vs. United

Nimes centre-half Loick Landre was sent off after 12 minutes for a chest-high tackle on midfielder Rafinha.

Right back Alessandro Florenzi's header made it 2-0 in the 78th and Mbappe pounced five minutes later after being set up by winger Pablo Sarabia, who completed the rout.

Tuchel said he chose to rest the forward, but he expects Neymar back when PSG open their Champions League campaign at home to Manchester United on Tuesday.

"I spoke with Kylian yesterday, he told me that he felt good and that he absolutely wanted to play", said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

"He's the guy who can always make a difference and he did just that".

Mbappe netted late to give France a 2-1 win at Croatia two days ago in the Nations League.

PSG lost Leandro Paredes, who was replaced by Ander Herrera, to a thigh injury before Landre was sent off for a unsafe challenge on Rafinha. The midfielder had started both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Ecuador and Bolivia in the past week.

Ander Herrera, who tested positive for coronavirus, is in isolation so too the new signing Danilo Pereira.

Kean had already passed up a couple of opportunities before Reynet tipped his tame effort around the post when the striker should have scored, while Idrissa Gueye and Mbappe had headers saved before the break.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to continue their resurgence on Friday night at Nimes without 222-million euro striker Neymar.

The Ligue 1 side could be without up to eight players for the game in Paris with Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Marquinhos all out injured while the club have also been affected by coronavirus.

Martin Terrier put Rennes ahead in the first half with a neat finish, but Guinea-Bissau global Mame Balde equalized on 54 minutes to clinch Dijon's second point of the season.

Flavien Tait dragged a shot into the ground that clipped the crossbar as it looped over as Rennes were held for the second game in a row. But they won their next four to rise to fourth behind Rennes, Lille and Lens.