PSG moved back in possession of first-place in Ligue 1, but it took an absolute war to get there as they hung on for a 1-0 victory over Lyon, with Lionel Messi's sixth-minute opener the game's only goal.

Alexandre Lacazette had the best chance for the hosts to equalise, missing a wide-open header in the first half that he should have deposited in the back of the net.

PSG also had a number of opportunities to add to their lead, but Anthony Lopes stood tall to deny Messi a second, while Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were also turned away. Thiago Mendes was also stellar for Lyon, producing a number of goal-denying blocks and tackles throughout the second half.

It's baffling how the game ended just 1-0, with both sides having numerous chances on the opposition goal.

The final result proves that PSG can battle with the best that Ligue 1 has to offer, and a result of this kind is a boost to Christophe Galtier as he fights not just Europe's best clubs but also the internal strife and head-butting that has so often brought PSG down in the past.

There was one downside to the victory, however, as PSG lost midfield maestro Marco Verratti to a second-half injury.

It appeared to be his knee he was favouring around the hour mark, and the Parisians will be sweating on his health as they have very little midfield depth.