Leaders PSG make it eight wins in a row

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Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain have relied on early and late goals to beat Montpellier 2-0 to make it eight straight wins.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye scored in the 14th minute at Parc des Princes while substitute Julian Draxler struck in the 88th.

Striker Kylian Mbappe's intended pass for Neymar was deflected and landed at the feet of winger Angel Di Maria, who passed quickly to Gueye for his neat finish.

Draxler had been on briefly when he met a pass from Neymar to slot the ball through goalkeeper Jonas Omlin's legs.

PSG were again without superstar Lionel Messi, who has missed two games with a sore knee in the lead-up to Tuesday's Champions League game against Manchester City.

Midfielder Ander Herrera hit the crossbar for PSG with a 20-metre strike shortly before the break.

English forward Stephy Mavididi went close to equalising for Montpellier in the 62nd but standout goalkeeper Keylor Navas kept out his curling shot.

United States forward Timothy Weah set up the first goal and earned a penalty for the second as defending champions Lille won 2-1 at Strasbourg to move up to eighth.

Weah set up Canada striker Jonathan David from the left flank midway through the first half.

David netted from the spot in the 57th after Weah - the son of Liberia President and former Ballon d'Or winner George Weah - ran onto David's pass and was felled in the box.

Ibrahima Sissoko pulled a goal back for Strasbourg.

Third-placed Nice won 3-0 at struggling Saint-Etienne.

Amine Gouiri continued his fine form by putting Nice ahead in the 15th minute with his league-leading fifth goal of the season - albeit with the aid of a deflection.

Dutch winger Calvin Stengs netted 10 minutes into the second half and striker Andy Delort completed the scoring late on.

Host Lyon drew 1-1 with Lorient with both sides dropping points in their bid to join the top three.

Lyon played with 10 men from the 15th minute after former Chelsea left back Emerson was shown a red card.

Armand Lauriente put Lorient in front five minutes later before Karl Toko Ekambi levelled for Lyon in the 50th.

It proved to be a frustrating night for Lyon as central defender Jason Denayer and forward Islam Slimani went off injured.

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