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Lionel Messi strikes early to keep PSG in the lead in Ligue 1 | Football news

PARIS: Lionel Messi struck after five minutes as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lyon 1-0 to recapture the top spot in Ligue 1 ahead of Marseille on Sunday.
Neymar provided the Argentine with his seventh assist in eight Ligue 1 games.
Achieved the victory PSG two points ahead of Marseille, which had previously taken the top spot with a 1-1 draw at home to Rennes.
Lorient, 3-1 winner of Auxerre, is three points behind the leaders.
Lens dropped to fourth after a goalless draw in Nantes.
PSG were imperious in the first half, but didn’t finish the opponent who woke up after the break with Johann Lepenant instead of a tired Corentin Tolisso.
But Christophe Galtier’s side held out and gave Lyon its third loss of the season.
Galtier’s “MNM” attack is firing on all cylinders, with eight goals in Ligue 1 for Neymar, seven for Kylian Mbappe and four for Messi.
Previously, Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi scored both goals in a 1-1 home draw against Rennes.
Guendouzi joined forces past home keeper Pau Lopez to give Rennes the advantage after 26 minutes, but the former Arsenal player redeemed himself with a header past ex-Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda seven minutes after halftime.
Mandanda received a warm welcome for his first race back at the VĂ©lodrome, where the former Marseille skipper spent 15 years before leaving for Brittany in the summer.
“He was very good, very calm, while it was very difficult for him emotionally,” said Rennes coach Bruno Genesio of Mandanda, who holds the record for the number of games played for Marseille with 613.
Nice came down 1-0 at home to Angers in a match in which defender Jean-Clair Todibo was shown a red card after five seconds and both teams finished with 10 men.
Todibo was sent off after just nine seconds, including the four seconds it took referee Bastien Dechepy to get the card out of his pocket.
Sofiane Boufal kicked off for Angers and passed Adrien Hunou. He found striker Abdallah Sima shooting forward. Sima pushed the ball past Todibo who stuck out a leg and tripped the striker.
After a video review, the decision stood that Todibo was the last defender.
Although Boufal was later sent off, Angers won 1-0 and Nabil Bentaleb scored just before half-time.
“I don’t think it was a red card,” said Nice coach Lucien Favre, who said Dante and Jordan are covering Lotomba. “It wasn’t a scoring chance.
“We would have won this game if we had played with 11 players.”
There was also controversy over the red card in Reims, which fell 3-0 to Monaco with defender Bradley Locko sent off after 22 minutes for leaving Breel Embolo behind.
“The referee killed the game,” lamented Reims coach Oscar Garcia, and “it’s not the first time.”
Club president Jean-Pierre Caillot has also been suspended until December 31 for criticism of the refereeing match in a draw against Lyon last month.
In a grueling match in Brittany, Ajaccio took their first win of the season 1-0 at Brest in a two-player stretched match.
Seconds after kick-off, Ajaccio goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy caught a teammate’s knee head-on as he tried to catch a ball.
“There was a loss of consciousness, he was hit in the neck,” said Corsican coach Olivier Pantaloni.
An aerial duel also grounded Noah Fadiga after half an hour, leaving the defender stunned in a head-to-head clash with Ismael Diallo.
The 22-year-old Brest player also left the field on a stretcher and gave his thumbs up to reassure the fans.
Ajaccio had their first success of the season thanks to Romain Hamouma’s 65th-minute goal, which left the Corsicans just one point behind Brest and Strasbourg.
Elsewhere, Troyes won 3-1 at Clermont to move up to 10th place after two losses in a row.
Clermont captain Johan Gastien scored after just three minutes, but the visitors struck back with a Mama Balde double that was completed with a late goal from Renaud Ripart.

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