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Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lyon 1-0 in the first half thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi, reclaiming first place in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Marseille on Sunday.

Lionel Messi and Neymar needed only 5 minutes to combine for Paris Saint-goal Germain’s in a 1-0 win over Lyon in the French league on Sunday (September 18), as leader PSG moved two points clear of second-place Marseille.

Messi started and finished the smooth transfer after exchanging passes with Neymar, curling the ball expertly past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes’s despairing dive for his fourth league goal.

It was Neymar’s seventh assist of the season, and the former Barcelona teammates combined moments later as Messi went shut. Neymar was making his centennial league debut for PSG, a period in which he scored 121 objectives (77 goals and 44 assists).

With the World Cup in Qatar rapidly approaching, the Brazil star appears fitter than he has been in many injury-plagued years since joining Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros (2 million) in 2017.

As a result, his combination with Messi is strikingly close to what it was at Barcelona when they scored 299 goals between 2013 and 2017.

Lyon got more involved in the game in the first half, and Alexandre Lacazette had a shot saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma but also missed a free header from close range. Messi had his shot cleared off the goal line early in the second half as PSG pressed before fading.

During the second half, Marco Verratti lost feeling in his calf after he limped off with an injury. Lyon had most possession, and PSG’s midfield has stretched out.

“It’s a setback,” PSG coach Christophe Galtier said. “He was supposed to join the (Italian) national team tonight, but he will return to Paris for tests.”

PSG struck again, and Messi’s low shot drew an excellent low save from Lopes in the 78th minute, followed by a superb higher save from Lopes to claw away Messi’s curling free kick near the top. Neymar appeared depressed after being substituted in the eighty-fifth minute and sat on the bench.

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Jean-Clair Todibo, a good defender, will have to forget about this game after being sent off just 9 seconds into his side’s 1-0 home defeat to fits of Anger.

The previous Barcelona central defender tripped Abdallah Sima as he was operating via on objective, and referee Bastien Dechepy had no hesitation in displaying the quickest purple card in the French first-division historical past.

“A refereeing decision that shocks me and condemns my team to begin the match at a significant disadvantage,” Todibo wrote on Twitter. “At the start of this season, referee decisions were very questionable, and I hope the LFP (French league) does something to correct this.”

Anger also finished with ten players after midfielder Sofiane Boufal has sent off in the 62nd minute. Still, Good couldn’t find an equalizer to midfielder Nabil Bentaleb’s fantastic 20-meter strike for Anger in the forty-third.

Marseille remains unbeaten but dropped points in a 1-1 home draw with Rennes, where midfielder Matteo Guendouzi scored at both ends.

Lionel Messi Was Named Match Winner

Messi is an excellent player. Though his abilities have waned slightly recently, the Argentine remains a fantastic footballer.

Messi dominated the first half, frequently taking the quarterback position and dictating play.

He also scored brilliantly, finishing a fantastic passing move with a side-footed shot from the edge of the area for his first goal.

Messi could have had a hat-trick for a brilliant off-the-line clearance by Lyon defender Lukeba, and a fantastic save by Anthony Lopes in the game’s dying minutes.

In his last nine appearances for PSG, the 35-year-old has five goals and eight assists.

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