Messi scores PSG winner at Lyon in Ligue 1

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Lionel Messi and Neymar needed only five minutes to combine for Paris Saint-Germain's goal in a 1-0 win at Lyon to move two points clear of second-place Marseille in Ligue 1.

Messi started and finished the slick move after exchanging passes with Neymar and curled the ball expertly past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes for his fourth league goal of the season.

It was Neymar's seventh assist in the league this season, and the former Barcelona teammates combined again moments later as Messi went close.

Neymar was making his 100th league appearance for PSG, during which time he has been involved in 121 goals (77 goals and 44 assists).

With the World Cup in Qatar fast approaching, the Brazil star looks fitter than he has for many injury-plagued years since joining from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($A331m) in 2017.

His partnership with Messi is getting closer to what it was at Barca when they shared 299 goals from 2013-17.

Messi had a shot cleared off the line early in the second half and his low shot drew a superb low save from Lopes in the 78th. Lopes made an even better stop to claw away Messi's curling free kick near the end.

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

Lens stayed in fourth place -- one point behind Lorient -- after drawing 0-0 at Nantes.

Aleksandr Golovin, Takumi Minamino and Wissam Ben Yedder netted in fifth-place Monaco's 3-0 win at Reims.

Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off just nine seconds into his side's 1-0 home defeat to Angers - the fastest red card in French first division history.

Angers also finished with 10 players after Sofiane Boufal was sent off in the 62nd minute, but Nice couldn't find an equaliser to midfielder Nabil Bentaleb's fine strike in the 43rd.

Troyes rallied from conceding an early goal to win 3-1 at Clermont and Ajaccio picked up their first victory of the season with a 1-0 win at Brest.