A first half injury-time goal from Blaise Matuidi gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 victory in their top-of-the-table clash with Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday as the capital club moved top on goal difference.
Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose steady supply of goals has constituted the bedrock of PSG's tilt at a first league crown since 1994, this time turned provider, cutting in from the right to whip over a cross for Matuidi, lurking on the edge of the box. The midfielder promptly launched himself to nod past Lyon keeper Remy Vercoutre.
PSG's success before a 43,000 crowd saw them move ahead of both Lyon and Marseille on goal difference with all three having garnered 35 points from 18 games.
This loss extended Lyon's winless sequence against the Parisians to eight encounters. Lyon gave as good as they got in the early exchanges despite Remi Garde's men missing the midfield creativity of the injured Yoann Gourcuff.
Lyon might have easily bagged a point but Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez hit the post. That was a rare excursion into the danger zone from a visiting side playing five at the back and once PSG had their lead the hosts rarely looked like conceding their advantage.
Lorient edge out Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne saw any real hope of closing in on the top three recede after they went down to a 2-0 home loss to Lorient for whom former Arsenal man Jeremie Aliadiere hit the opener before Alain Traore sealed the win.
Nancy, buoyed by having held Lyon, prevented Bordeaux from moving into the top four by holding them to a 1-1 home draw.