PSG clinch Ligue 1 title by thrashing Monaco

PSG clinch Ligue 1 title by thrashing Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain were crowned Ligue 1 champions after thumping AS Monaco 7-1 on Sunday evening.

Kamil Glik's absence in the heart of the visiting defence was acutely felt as Lo Celso started the move that resulted in the opening goal on 14 minutes, sauntering into the box to tap in a Dani Alves cross. Their lead was then doubled soon after when Cavani rose to meet Yuri Berchiche's left-wing cross with a bullet header into the bottom-left corner.

It got better for the host on 20 minutes when Angel di Maria got in on the act with lob over goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, with Cavani picking up the assist. Doubts have been cast over Lo Celso's ability to marshal the midfield from deep this season, but he was assured here and completed his brace with a near-post header inside the half hour (27').

Monaco briefly held up the onslaught as Lopes turned home an Almamy Toure cross seven minutes before half-time for the in-form Portugal international's 13th goal this term.

The visitors did manage to reduce the deficit before the break courtesy of a close-range finish from Ronny Lopes.

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Julian Draxler rounded off the scoring for PSG in the 86th minute, with German attacker turning home Thomas Munier's cross.

That PSG so comprehensively outplayed their nearest challengers makes it hard - perhaps even unfair - to pick out a single player for praise, but Cavani has exuded class from start to finish this season.

But with PSG playing their last Ligue 1 match on May 19, it seems unlikely Neymar will play any part.

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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