PSG will begin a busy stretch to close out the calendar year with a Ligue 1 Matchday 14 home game as it looks to extend its 10-point lead atop the standings.
It will have its three superstars — Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar — who all came through the international break unscathed and will start together up top. They’ll hope to make strides in the chemistry they’re still looking for outside of individual flashes this season.
However, Nantes (11th, 18 points) will have hope of coming away with something from the Parc des Prince after doing so last year. It only has one loss in its last five league matches.
Sporting News will be following the PSG-Nantes match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
PSG vs. Nantes live score
PSG — Kylian Mbappe (Leandro Paredes) — 2nd min.
(All times Eastern)
Halftime: PSG 1, Nantes 0
Halftime: Nantes 22-year-old goalkeeper Alban Lafont is the only reason that the visitors are still in this game. The Neymar-Mbappe-Messi attacking trident is moving and combining well and Nantes simply can’t stay with them. On the other end, PSG has easily handled everything Nantes has thrown its way and the Canaries only have two shots all game. This seems like the best scenario for Messi to finally get his first Ligue 1 goal in the second half. But with a Champions League match in midweek, manager Mauricio Pochettino could decide to rest his stars if they can put the match out of reach.
42nd min.: SUB – Dennis Appiah comes in for Nantes in place of the injured Sebastien Corchia.
38th min.: No mercy from PSG and Lafont has to come up with another save on Messi. And after the play recirculates, there are appeals for a penalty on Neymar. Good no call.
30th min.: In the 30th minute, the PSG supporters celebrate their 30th birthday:
29th min.: And now it’s Neymar’s turn to be denied by Lafont. PSG is dominating. And it’s always down the left channel. It’s a carbon copy play of the earlier Messi chance. Nantes looks intimidated.
22nd min.: The PSG front three is clicking and it’s another save by Lafont. That was Messi finding Mbappe in the box. Good movement by the star players.
20th min.: Before the corner kick, Mbappe has to be tended to. He received a stomp on the play and a piece of his cleat came off. He has to change shoes on the sideline.
18th min.: What a chance for Messi! Neymar finds him in the box, but Messi shot is saved by Nantes ‘keeper Alban Lafont. It was essentially a 1-on-1. Messi still looking for his first Ligue 1 goal.
16th min.: First real threat by Nantes on a shot by Coco from outside the box that goes high of the target. The visitors haven’t really threatened the PSG makeshift backline.
10th min.: PSG targeting that wide left attacking flank (the right side for Nantes). That’s also where the play on the goal started via Neymar.
8th min.: Finally we see a replay on the broadcast and it was Lionel Messi who was offside. Mbappe was kept on for his seventh of the year.
2nd min.: Goal PSG! A long-distance shot by Leandro Paredes is deflected by Mbappe on its way to goal. At first it looked like Mbappe was offside, but the goal stands.
1st min.: We’re off. We’ll see how the international players look.
10:55 a.m. ET: The tifo on the occasion of 30 years of PSG’s Virage Auteuil supporters section:
10:24 a.m. ET: A look at the pregame warmups from the Parc des Princes.
PSG vs. Nantes lineups
The good news for Paris Saint-Germain fans is that their star trio is starting up top, and Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes make their return to midfield.
But starting center backs Presnel Kimpembe or Marquinhos are unavailable. Abdou Diallo and Thilo Kehrer will fill in. Julian Draxler and goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma are also not part of the matchday squad.
PSG starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK — 14-Juan Bernat, 22-Abdou Diallo, 24-Thilo Kehrer, 2-Achraf Hakimi — 6-Marco Verratti, 27-Idrissa Gueye, 8-Leandro Paredes — 10-Neymar Jr., 7-Kylian Mbappe, 30-Lionel Messi
PSG subs (9): 16-Sergio Rico-GK, 17-Colin Dagba, 25-Nuno Mendes, 28-Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe, 15-Danilo, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum, 21-Ander Herrera, 11-Angel Di Maria, 9-Mauro Icardi
It’ll be interesting to see how the Nantes formation matches up against PSG. The Canaries will be without suspended center back Nicolas Gallois, but they will still be dreaming of an upset win at the Parc des Princes for the second straight season.
Nantes starting lineup (4-2-2-2, left to right): 1-Alban Lafont-GK — 24-Sebastien Corchia, 3-Andrei Girotto, 21-Jean-Charles Castelletto, 2-Fabio — 5-Pedro Chirivella, 18-Samuel Moutoussamy — 11-Marcus Coco, 10-Ludovic Blas — 23-Randal Kolo Muani, 7-Kalifa Coulibaly
Nantes subs (9): 30-Denis Petric-GK, 12-Dennis Appiah, 33-Yannis M’Bemba, 14-Charles Traore, 8-Wylan Cyprien, 31-Gor Manvelyan, 19-William Geubbels, 26-Osman Bukari, 29-Quentin Merlin
How to watch PSG vs. Nantes
The match will be carried by Ligue 1 rightsholder beIN Sports in both English and Spanish. Both those beIN Channels are available to be streamed via fuboTV, which offers new users a free 7-day trial.
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