PSG beat Om to shine Neymar without a win

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PARIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Neymar was near his brilliant best as he gave Paris St Germain a 1-0 home victory against bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday as the champions ended a three-match winless streak.

Neymar tracked down the back of the net on the stroke of halftime to put leaders PSG on 29 points from 11 games, three ahead of second-placed Lorient.

Marseille, who had Samuel Gigot shipped off midway through the last part, are fourth on 23 points, one behind RC Lens who they have one weekend from now.

PSG had drawn their past three games in all competitions.

Earlier on Sunday, Olympique Lyonnais‘ winless run extended to six matches after they experienced a 3-2 defeat at Stade Rennais in their most memorable match under new coach Laurent Blanc.

Martin Terrier scored two times for Rennes who enrolled their third straight league win and climbed two spots to fifth on 21 points.

Lyon, who appointed previous France defender Blanc to replace Peter Bosz, have lost five of their last six games and slipped to tenth on 14 points.

PSG hit back five minutes later when Kylian Mbappe’s fierce shot was tipped over the bar by Pau Lopez.

The Marseille attendant, who had also denied Mbappe early on, was fortunate to see Lionel Messi’s free-kick crash onto the crossbar a little ways from the break.

Be that as it may, two minutes into stoppage time in the principal half, Neymar broke the deadlock as he directed Mbappe’s low cross out of Lopez’s reach to join Lille’s Jonathan David at the top of the scoring charts with nine goals.

There was an additional strain from PSG early in the last part, and OM cracked in the 72nd moment when substitute Gigot was shown a straight red card for an unpleasant tackle on Neymar.

PSG hoped to hit OM on the break and on one such counterattack, Messi chipped the ball directly over the bar after being played through by Mbappe.

Argentina forward, back from a short calf injury layoff, was replaced by Pablo Sarabia a little ways from time.

Marseille didn’t surrender yet PSG controlled the pace of the game and threatened again through Sarabia prior to handing the visitors their second defeat in succession in Ligue 1.

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