PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Blaise Matuidi's first-half goal helped Paris St Germain snatch the Ligue 1 top spot as the capital side beat Olympique Lyon 1-0 at home on Sunday.
France's Matuidi headed home a Zlatan Ibrahimovic cross following a quick counter-attack on the stroke of halftime to send PSG level with Lyon on 35 points but top on goal difference.
Lyon barely threatened PSG, who proved much stronger than the visitors.
Both sides are level on points with third-placed Olympique Marseille, who won 1-0 at Toulouse on Saturday.
The trio have a five-point lead over Lorient, who outclassed hosts St Etienne to clinch a 2-0 victory to climb up to fourth. (Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Mark Meadows)