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Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG) won the French league ti­tle af­ter beat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Monaco 7-1 on Sun­day, with the crush­ing vic­tory high­light­ing the ob­vi­ous gulf be­tween the two teams this sea­son.

Monaco meekly sur­ren­dered the ti­tle that it had won so im­pres­sively last sea­son, do­ing lit­tle to pro­long the sus­pense. It was los­ing 4-0 af­ter 28 min­utes as PSG eas­ily did enough for a fifth ti­tle in six sea­sons and a sev­enth over­all. PSG leads sec­ond­place Monaco by 17 points with five rounds re­main­ing.

Mid­fielder Gio­vani Lo Celso and winger An­gel Di Maria scored two goals each, while league top scorer Edin­son Ca­vani grabbed his 25th of the sea­son.

PSG cap­tain Thi­ago Silva’s header went in off Radamel Fal­cao - Monaco’s top scorer - for PSG’s sixth goal be­fore Ger­many winger Ju­lian Draxler net­ted the sev­enth.

Monaco later tweeted that it will re­im­burse fans who trav­eled to the game for the cost of their tickets.

Monaco thrilled Europe last sea­son with a scin­til­lat­ing brand of at­tack­ing soc­cer pro­duc­ing more than 150 goals and tak­ing the side to the Champions League semi­fi­nals. It made a for­tune sell­ing its best play­ers - in­clud­ing teen star Kylian Mbappe to PSG for 180 mil­lion eu­ros (then $216 mil­lion) but ap­pears to have paid the price on the field.

Paris Saint-Ger­main's play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning their sev­enth French League ti­tle.

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