PARIS (AFP) – Lyon reeled off their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 win on Sunday, a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Metz pushing them four points clear, as Paris Saint-Germain moved level with second-placed Marseille.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at St Etienne that allowed champions PSG to move level on points with out-of-sorts Marseille who lost 2-1 at Nice on Friday.
PSG and Marseille have 44 points after 22 games, four behind Lyon, who the Parisians will play at the Gerland Stadium in two weeks’ time.
A 31st minute penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a late second from Corentin Tolisso proved the undoing of Metz who drop to bottom of the table.
The only downside for Lyon came when Lacazette, the league’s top scorer with 21 goals, had to come off with a thigh problem minutes after his spot-kick, awarded for defender Guido Milan’s foul on Rachid Ghezzal.