French giants PSG now six points clear of their nearest rival in Ligue 1

Paris St-Germain (PSG) extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to six points after a 2-0 victory against the bottom of the table Angers as Lionel Messi scored a goal after returning to the professional football for the first time since winning the World Cup for Argentina.

Messi, 35, had an extended break after netting seven times during the World Cup, which Argentina won by beating France on penalties in the final. He scored for the French giants in the 72nd minute to double the home team’s advantage. Earlier, Hugo Ekitike had netted the ball in the fifth minute.

On the other hand, Brazilian star Neymar thought he has added a third goal late on but it was ruled out for offside.

PSG were able to extend their lead as the second-placed Lens could only draw 2-2 at Strasbourg while Marseille secured their fifth straight win in the league by beating Troyes 2-0. It means they are now just two points shy of Lens, currently at the third spot.

In other important clashes, Lille and Monaco too had a disappointing day as they too had to contend with draw against Brest and Lorient respectively. The score line for Lille was 0-0 and 2-2 in the case of Monaco.

Meanwhile, the multiple-time Ligue 1 winners Lyon had even worst result as they lost 1-0 to Clermont Foot.

Lyon haven’t lifted the trophy since in 2008 which culminated a seven-year victorious run. The reason are the PSG which have won the Ligue 1 title eight times during the last 10 seasons – a sequence broken by Monaco 2017 and Lille in 2021.

After the turn of century, Lille had earlier won the league in 2011. The other winners since then are Nantes 2001, Bordeaux 2009, Marseille 2010 and Montpelier 2012.

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