Lyon 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Early Messi strike sends PSG back to Ligue 1 summit

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Despite
PSG
dominating
possession
for
long
stretches
at
Groupama
Stadium,
Christophe
Galtier’s
side
had
to
fend
off
a
determined
Lyon
in
the
second
half
to
take
maximum
points.

PSG’s
win
means
they
leapfrog
Marseille
at
the
top
of
the
table
after
extending
their
winning
streak
to
six
matches
across
all
competitions.

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Defeat
for
Lyon
ended
their
run
of
eight
straight
league
victories
on
home
soil

the
longest
span
in
the
big
five
European
leagues.

PSG
took
the
lead
after
just
five
minutes,
as
Messi
swept
a
first-time
shot
past
Anthony
Lopes
following
a
neat
one-two
with
Neymar.

Messi
was
then
denied
from
a
tight
angle
as
the
visitors
dominated
the
opening
20
minutes,
while
Lopes
blocked
Kylian
Mbappe’s
20-yard
effort.

Lyon
responded
well
and
squandered
a
glorious
opportunity
to
equalise
when
Alexandre
Lacazette
headed
wide
from
six
yards.

Home
captain
Lacazette
and
Karl
Toko
Ekambi
shot
straight
at
Gianluigi
Donnarumma
as
Lyon
continued
to
threaten,
while
the
latter
also
sent
a
25-yard
drive
whistling
narrowly
wide
of
the
left
post.

PSG
almost
doubled
their
lead
within
a
minute
of
the
second
half
starting,
as
Castello
Lukeba
headed
Messi’s
goal-bound
shot
off
the
line.

It
then
took
magnificent
reflexes
from
Lopes
to
prevent
Neymar
and
Messi
from
increasing
the
lead,
while
Thiago
Mendes’ brilliant
last-ditch
intervention
also
thwarted
Neymar.

The
visitors
survived
a
scare
when
Marquinhos
blocked
Moussa
Dembele’s
goalbound
header,
before
Messi
was
denied
a
late
second
as
Lopes
saved
brilliantly
from
his
free-kick.
Sergio
Ramos
was
denied
by
the
offside
flag
when
he
tucked
in
the
loose
ball.

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