Lionel Messi scores early winner in tight competition


Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the match in the first five minutes when Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon to return to the top of the French League.

Marseille’s draw with Rennes earlier on Sunday led to a brief lead in the standings, putting pressure on Christophe Galtier’s Paris Saint-Germain to beat Lyon, who started the season well but fell back on their pace in recent weeks.

Messi’s goal was the first real action in the game. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner exchanged passes with Neymar, before hitting the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.

PSG had chances to extend their lead twice via Kylian Mbappe, but Lyon didn’t get out of it and soon Gianluigi Donnarumma was called up at the other end to deny both Toko Ekambi and Alexandre Lacazette a few minutes away.

The visitors regained the lead and came very close to adding a second goal when Castillo Lukiba pulled off an off-line goal from Messi after cute goalkeeper Anthony Lopez.

Both teams had more chances and the ball ended up in the net again before the end of the match, as Sergio Ramos nodded in the net rebounding from a Messi free kick that Lopez put into the post. But the flag was raised and he was disqualified for offside.

Paris Saint-Germain have now won four Ligue 1 matches on the jump since their 1-1 draw with Monaco last month, conceding none. They are two points ahead of Marseille at the top of the table, and a home game against Nice will come after the international break.


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