French league : Messi scores early for PSG

Lionel Messi and Neymar needed only five minutes to combine for Paris Saint-Germain's goal in a 1-0 win at Lyon in the French league as leader PSG moved two points clear of second-place Marseille.

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 on Sunday.

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 ($222 million) in 2017.