PSG win but Ligue 1 title celebrations put on hold

PSG win but Ligue 1 title celebrations put on hold

PSG win but Ligue 1 title celebrations put on hold
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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) trounced Angers 3-0 on Wednesday, but will have to wait a little longer to be crowned Ligue 1 champions because Marseille defeated Nantes 3-2.

PSG began the day 15 points ahead of second-placed Marseille, with six games remaining, and knowing they might win their eighth Ligue 1 title in ten years if Marseille faltered.

Despite being without injured Lionel Messi and suspended Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino’s side got the win they needed, defeating struggling Angers.

PSG took the lead when Kylian Mbappe scored his 22nd goal of the season shortly before the half-hour mark at the Stade Raymond Kopa.

Sergio Ramos then doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage time with a header from Angel di Maria’s cross, and his central defensive teammate Marquinhos added a late third.

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PSG, who had teenage midfielder Edouard Michut sent off in stoppage time, were forced to wait for a record-tying 10th French title as Marseille won at the Velodrome thanks to Amine Harit’s goal.

OM came back from two goals down against Nantes thanks to penalties from Dimitri Payet, before Harit scored in the 75th minute to make it 3-2 and clinch a crucial win for Jorge Sampaoli’s side as they chase Champions League qualifying.

With only 15 points to play for, PSG leads by 15 points and has a considerably superior goal difference.

With a point against Lens at home on Saturday, they will be crowned champions.

“It is really important for us to win the championship and I hope we can do it on Saturday,” Pochettino told broadcaster Canal Plus.

With a tenth victory, they will equal the record achieved by Michel Platini’s Saint-Etienne squad when they won their last championship in 1981.

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Monaco surge into contention

Marseille are now six points clear in second place, with only the top two teams in Ligue 1 qualifying for the Champions League directly, and third place having to compete in the qualification rounds.

Rennes is still in third place, but they are only two points ahead of Strasbourg and Monaco on goal difference, with Nice in sixth place.

In Alsace, Strasbourg defeated Rennes 2-1, with Ludovic Ajorque scoring the winner after Martin Terrier had cancelled out Habib Diallo’s early opener.

Meanwhile, Monaco climbed above Nice in the table with a 1-0 win over their Cote d’Azur rivals on Wednesday, due to a first-half goal by Russian international Aleksandr Golovin.

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The triumph was the principality team’s fifth in a row.

Nice is no longer in the Europa League, with fourth qualifying for the Europa Conference League and fifth relegated to the Europa Conference League.

Lens remained in contention after defeating Montpellier 2-0 to close to within one point of Nice, but Lyon and defending champions Lille both suffered possibly fatal blows to their European chances.

Despite Moussa Dembele’s 15th league goal of the season, Peter Bosz’s Lyon were defeated 2-1 by Brest, while Lille were defeated 2-1 by Reims despite a stunning Renato Sanches strike.

Meanwhile, six-time champions Bordeaux are still in serious danger of relegation after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Saint-Etienne at home.

Bordeaux now sits in 19th place, four points and one place behind Saint-Etienne, who are in the relegation play-offs.

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By winning 1-0 at Troyes, Clermont surged above the latter and out of the relegation zone completely.

After losing 1-0 at Lorient, bottom-placed Metz is eight points from safety.

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