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Lille Ligue 1 champions after Angers win

Publish on 23/05/2021 at 22:48

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LOSC have been crowned Ligue 1 Uber Eats champions for the first time since 2011, their 2-1 victory over Angers SCO on the final day rendering Paris Saint-Germain's result against Stade Brestois 29 meaningless.

Angers SCO 1-2 LOSC

 

THE MATCH

 

Lille came into their Round 38 clash at the Stade Raymond Kopa with a one-point cushion on defending champions and nearest challengers PSG, who needed to better les Dogues' result in their own final-day meeting with Stade Brestois 29. Christophe Galtier's could have been forgiven for having nerves, but they were on the front foot from the off. Turkish pair Burak Yilmaz (4') and Yusuf Yazici (7') both fired early attempts narrowly off target from range and the deadlock was broken before the first 10 minutes were up. Renato Sanches danced through a couple of markers before slipping Jonathan David through for a gilt-edged chance, and the Canadian fired his 13th - and most important - goal of the season low beyond Paul Bernardoni (10'). Lille came close to pulling further clear when Yilmaz sent the ball to the back post for Yazici, but Vincent Manceau cleared the danger before the flag went up for offside anyway (27'). There was no keeping them out on the stroke of half-time, though. Bernardoni clipped David when going for the ball in the box, and Yilmaz stepped up to stroke home his 16th goal of the season (45'+1).

 

Don't look back in Angers

 

Sanches had been dropped to the bench for last Sunday's goalless draw with AS Saint-Étienne, but he was arguably the liveliest player on the pitch here. The once prodigious  Portuguese should have made it 2-0 after a smart one-two with Yilmaz at the start of the second half, but after a blistering change of pace to get into the box, he blazed his effort high and wide (48'). Angelo Fulgini spun an effort narrowly past the post at the other end soon after (49') and Angers should have pulled one back just past the hour when Romain Thomas headed Antonin Bobichon's free-kick over with the goal at his mercy (63'). Goalkeeper Mike Maignan - another star of Lille's title-winning campaign - then had to be on his toes to tip another Fulgini effort over his crossbar (72'). Suspended captain Jose Fonte might have helped during Angers' sustained period of pressure, Fulgini pulling back a late header (90'+3), but they held on to win 2-1 and claim, with it, the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title.

 

THE PLAYER: Jonathan David

 

David arrived from Genk last summer as Lille's record signing and the most expensive Canadian of all time, but he took a while to get going in northern France, not opening his account with the club until 11 games into his Ligue 1 Uber Eats career. The 21-year-old has blossomed, though, scoring 11 goals in the second half of the season at a rate of one every 130 minutes he has played. A full season at that rate next term and LOSC can feel confident of a resolute defence of their title.

 

THE STAT: 4

 

LOSC win their fourth French top-flight title, and first since 2011, when Eden Hazard, Gervinho and Co. finished eight points clear of second-placed Olympique de Marseille. Previously French champions in 1946 and 1954, if they could keep this side together, the next gap between titles would likely be even smaller again.

 

Neymar, Brest

 

Too little, too late for PSG

 

Stade Brestois 29 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain

 

PSG knew they had to better LOSC's result to steal the title, and they started with plenty of attacking intent at the Stade Francis-Le Blé. Angel Di Maria earned an early penalty which Neymar Jr. stepped up to take, but Gautier Larsonneur psyched the Brazilian out, standing off to one side of his goal, and the world's most expensive player sent it wide (19'). PSG would take the lead before the half was out though. Di Maria whipped in an inswinging corner which hit Romain Favre on the way past and looped over a helpless Larsonneur for 1-0 (37').

 

Brest needed an unlikely share of the points to give themselves the best chance of survival without depending on other results, and they could have reduced the arrears when Gaëtan Charbonnier got through for a one-on.-one with Keylor Navas, but the Costa Rican denied him with an outstretched leg (66'). Instead, Kylian Mbappé made it 2-0, lifting himself up after being felled by Jean-Kévin Duverne and poking the ball home into an open net (70'). The 2-0 win meant PSG did their part on the night, but LOSC's win sees them conclude the season a point behind the new champions.

 

Wissam Ben Yedder, Monaco, Lens

 

Monaco seal Champions League spot

 

RC Lens 0-0 AS Monaco

 

AS Monaco completed the podium, their goalless draw with RC Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis enough to see them finish two points clear of Olympique Lyonnais, who were beaten by OGC Nice.

 

Monaco had 19 shots on goal compared to their opponents' four on theirs - the best of those perhaps landing at Kevin Volland's feet, the recently recalled Germany international seeing his top corner-bound shot punched away by Jean-Louis Leca (30'). Aurélien Tchouaméni had another chance late on, firing narrowly off target (75'), but Monaco's profligacy ultimately didn't matter, and they will return to Europe's top table next season, provided they can navigate the third qualifying round.

 

Olympique Lyonnais 2-3 OGC Nice

 

Lyon's mission to leapfrog Monaco looked to be go0ing to plan when they raced into a a 2-1 lead against Nice, Memphis Depay - playing his last game for the club - teeing up both OL goals for Karl Toko Ekambi (14', 40'). Kasper Dolberg had pulled one back between those strikes (27') but Lyon looked to have made the game safe on the stroke of half-time but Houssem Aouar's effort was ruled out for offside (43'). The second half belonged to Nice, though. The restored parity through Hassane Kamara (50') before William Saliba gave them all three points (57').