PSG dethrones Monaco clinches Ligue 1 title

Diarra'PSG want to wrap up Ligue 1

Seven-star Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) secured a fifth Ligue 1 title in six seasons on Sunday with a 7-1 rout of last year's champions Monaco. They can't play in one club.

PSG got off to a good start as they found the opening goal after 14 minutes, with Giovani Lo Celso finishing off a fine team move.

In a whirlwind first half, AS were able to grab themselves a slender lifeline when Berchiche was robbed by Almamy Toure, leaving the full-back to drill across goal and find Rony Lopes who lashed in at the back post.

The visitors did manage to reduce the deficit before the break courtesy of a close-range finish from Ronny Lopes. Normal service resumed on the hour, though, with Di Maria joining compatriot Lo Celso in completing his brace with after being teed up by the third Argentine on the pitch, Javier Pastore (60').

It got worse for Monaco as they conceded a sixth with 12 minutes remaining, with Radamel Falcao deflecting the ball into his own net. Lo Celso then left the field to a standing ovation of his own (80'), Christopher Nkunku replacing him, before Julian Draxler rounded off the scoring at 7-1 (86'). "Perhaps he'll have time to play a few matches before the end of the season".

Leonardo Jardim's Monaco won the hearts of neutrals last term with their swashbuckling style and faith in talented youngsters, but the sale of key players - including Kylian Mbappe to the Parc des Princes, initially on loan - coupled with PSG's all-out approach in the transfer market had the writing on the wall early in the campaign.

Yet, despite PSG easing to the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue titles, with the chance of Coupe de France glory still to come, such domestic success is unlikely to be enough to save Unai Emery's job, with the Basque coach's expiring contract not expected to be renewed.

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