PSG clinch first French league title since 1994

PARIS. Paris St Germain clinched their first championship in 19 years on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Olympique Lyon that put them seven points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 with two games left.
David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic show their delight at landing PSG’s first title in 19 years. Net photo
David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic show their delight at landing PSG’s first title in 19 years. Net photo

Sunday
Lorient     3-1     St Etienne
Evian Thonon     4-0     Nice
Lyon     0-1     PSG

PARIS. Paris St Germain clinched their first championship in 19 years on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Olympique Lyon that put them seven points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 with two games left.

Jeremy Menez scored the decisive goal in the 53rd minute for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as the wealthy Qatari-backed club secured their third league title.

They were last crowned champions in 1994, eight years after winning their first title under Gerard Houllier.

“We’ve been living something outstanding, 19 years after the last title. Long live Paris!,” centre back Mamadou Sakho, a Paris-born player, told TV broadcaster Canal Plus.

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has yet to confirm if he will stay at the club next term, added: “I’m very pleased because we have worked very hard this season. We wrapped it up against a good team. We deserved it and it’s time to celebrate.”

“I’m very happy to have won the title here in France,” added the Italian, who has already won Serie A with AC Milan in 2004 and the English Premier League at Chelsea in 2010 as well as two Champions League titles with the Italian club.

PSG’s victory gave rivals Marseille automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage by leaving them with a seven-point lead over third-placed Lyon, who have 63.

Lyon are in the final Champions League qualifying spot just three points ahead of fourth-placed Lille, who beat Stade Reims 3-0 on Friday, and Nice, who are fifth but were thrashed 4-0 at relegation-threatened Evian Thonon Gaillard earlier on Sunday.

That result sent bottom-club Brest into the second division by moving Evian seven points ahead of them and two points above the drop zone.

St Etienne, the last side in the running for third place, slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Lorient, their first of the year in the league, leaving them stuck on 59 points in sixth.

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