Ligue 1 - PSG go top, Lille snap winless streak
Javier Pastore's cheeky second-half goal helped Paris St Germain to a 2-0 win over rivals Lyon at Parc des Princes to send the big-spending hosts three points clear in Ligue 1.
The two sides had been locked together at the top before kick-off but Argentine playmaker Pastore, French football's most expensive signing, continued his fine form by embarrassing Hugo Lloris at his near post following a powerful run.
Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis missed a great chance when his unmarked header drifted wide but PSG, who should have had a penalty in the first half, made sure of the win in stoppage time through Christophe Jallet.
"Both sides played well," Lyon coach Remi Garde, without five first-team players, told a news conference. "Right now PSG are ahead of us but there are still 30-odd games to go."
Champions Lille are just a point behind Lyon after ending a run of five successive draws in all competitions with a comfortable 2-0 win over Stade Rennes, whom they leapfrogged up into fifth.
Moussa Sow, Ligue One's top scorer last season, settled home nerves with a seventh-minute strike following good play from England's Joe Cole and Florent Balmont flicked in Eden Hazard's free kick just after the half hour mark.
Last term's runners-up Marseille, in good form in the Champions League but floundering in Ligue 1, could only muster a 1-1 at home with Stade Brest to lie 13th after nine games.
"We lacked the freshness to change rhythm and to put them under pressure a bit more, especially in the second half," Deschamps said.
"The situation is complicated. I hope nothing happens to my players during international week."
Montpellier and Toulouse failed to seize top spot on Saturday after a 2-2 draw at Girondins Bordeaux and 3-0 loss at Sochaux respectively, meaning they stay on 17 points with Lyon.