MONACO SIGN OFF IN STYLE

Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons cel­e­brate ti­tle with 12th straight win

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MONACO capped their French ti­tlewin­ning sea­son with a record 12th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory af­ter beat­ing Rennes 3-2 on Satur­day, while Bas­tia and Nancy were both rel­e­gated from Ligue 1.

Fabinho tucked home a re­bound to give Monaco a first-half lead at the Roazhon Park, and de­fender Je­mer­son added a sec­ond from a cor­ner shortly af­ter the in­ter­val.

Brazil­ian full-back Jorge then net­ted his first Monaco goal in be­tween a brace from Adama Di­akhaby as Leonardo Jardim’s side sur­passed Bordeaux’s sin­gle-sea­son mark of 11 straight wins set dur­ing the 2008-09 cam­paign. Monaco fin­ished the sea­son on 95 points, just one shy of the French record set by Paris Sain­tGer­main a year ago.

Ronny Rodelin atoned for miss­ing a sec­ond-half penalty against PSG by grab­bing a stop­page­time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes to en­sure Caen re­tained their top-flight sta­tus.

Adrien Rabiot scored a 13thminute opener and the vis­i­tors had looked to be head­ing to­wards a rel­e­ga­tion play-off af­ter Kevin Trapp kept out Rodelin’s spot-kick.

Alexan­dre La­cazette hit his 100th Ligue 1 goal in his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for Lyon with a brace in a 3-3 home draw against Nice.

The France striker, who is leav­ing his boy­hood club this sum­mer with Atletico Madrid touted as a pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tion, net­ted twice in the sec­ond half to fin­ish with a ca­reer-best 28 league goals.

He was re­moved to a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore the fin­ish, but Nice lev­elled at the death when Jean-Michael Seri con­verted a penalty deep into in­jury time at Parc OL.

Bafe­timbi Gomis headed Mar­seille to a 1-0 win over Bas­tia to se­cure a re­turn to the Europa League for Rudi Gar­cia’s men, while de­feat con­demned Bas­tia to the drop.

Ni­co­las de Pre­ville struck a hat­trick as Lille romped to a 3-0 vic­tory over Nantes, while Di­jon were grate­ful to a missed penalty from Martin Braith­waite as a 0-0 draw at Toulouse handed them the point needed to re­main in Ligue 1.

Lori­ent will face Troyes, who fin­ished third in the sec­ond di­vi­sion, in a two-legged play­off with their place in the top flight at stake fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux.

Nancy dealt Saint-Eti­enne a 3-1 loss in Christophe Galtier’s fi­nal game in charge of Les Verts, but the re­sult was not enough to spare them from join­ing Bas­tia in Ligue 2 next sea­son.

Strasbourg, who were de­moted to the fifth tier af­ter en­ter­ing liq­ui­da­tion in 2011, re­turned to the top flight on Fri­day af­ter seal­ing the sec­ond-di­vi­sion ti­tle with a 21 vic­tory over Bourg en Bresse.

Amiens will play in Ligue 1 for the first time in the club’s 116year his­tory af­ter Em­manuel Bour­gaud’s 96th-minute win­ner at Reims bumped them up from sixth place to sec­ond.

“I see the ball com­ing, I shoot and it goes in. It’s crazy, it’s the goal of my ca­reer, the goal of my life,” said man of the mo­ment Bour­gaud af­ter his last-gasp hero­ics.

“We pushed and we pushed hop­ing for some­thing like that to hap­pen. This goal is ex­tra­or­di­nary, it pro­pels us into Ligue 1!” beamed Amiens coach Christophe Pelissier.

Third-place Troyes re­cov­ered from two goals down to beat Sochaux 3-2 but Bour­gaud’s goal with the fi­nal kick against Reims means they will face a play­off against Lori­ent. AFP

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Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe (top) avoids a tackle from Rennes’s Afonso Figueiredo at the Roazhon Park on Satur­day.

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