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Round 36 review: PSG on the brink of title glory

Round 36 review: PSG on the brink of title glory

Publish on 05/22 at 07:58 - L.DAVEY


Paris Saint-Germain picked up a narrow win at Auxerre, Lens strengthened their grip on second place and Nantes' winless run stretched to 13 games. Check out the action from Round 36 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

PSG close on title

A brace from Kylian Mbappé gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-fought 2-1 win at Auxerre.

Mbappé struck twice in three minutes early on (6' & 8') to hand his side an unassailable lead. Lassine Sinayoko pulled one back for Auxerre early in the second half (51').

"We are happy and proud this evening," said PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma who knows one more point will secure the title. "We knew that it would be a difficult match, but we won it. We have taken a big step towards the title. It was a difficult match, we put everything into it defensively. We put in a very good performance and we are happy. There are two finals to play to earn at least a point, but we want to win every game, we want to win the two matches. We are ready to do so. We are ready to celebrate with our supporters."

Lens pull clear in second 

Lens strengthened their grip on second place after a 3-1 win at Lorient.

Romain Faivre capitalised on a mistake in the Lens defence to put Lorient ahead (6'). But Les Sang et Or hit back through Florian Sotoca (20'), Adrien Thomasson (25') and Séko Fofana (87'), to claim maximum points.

"We have to continue until the end of the season to have a great reward," said Lens boss Franck Haise whose side are one win away from securing Champions League group stage qualification. "We have 78 points, it has never happened in the history of the club, so I will have no regrets. I don't know what the match against Ajaccio will be like, I don't doubt it will be a nice party, but we've been partying in Bollaert 26 times this season."

LOSC sneak past Marseille

LOSC came from behind to beat Marseille 2-1 at the Decathlon Arena.

Jonathan Clauss fired Igor Tudor's side into a first-half lead (29') but LOSC were not ready to throw in the towel. Jonathan David levelled up from the penalty spot (50') before Jonathan Bamba headed the winner 18-minutes from time.

Lyon stay in the hunt

Lyon boosted their European hopes with a 3-1 win against Monaco at the Groupama Stadium.

Wissam Ben Yedder fired the visitors in front from the penalty spot (2') before OL hit back in style. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette (38') Maxence Caqueret (57') and Rayan Cherki (78') ensured Lyon put last week's defeat at Clermont firmly behind them.

Rennes crush Ajaccio

An Amine Gouiri hat-trick helped Rennes ease to a 5-0 win at relegated Ajaccio.

Gouiri's triple (31', 40' & 71') added to goals from Baptiste Santamaria (14') and Jérémy Doku (37') to keep Rennes in with a shot of European qualification.

Stalemate at Nice 

Nice and Toulouse failed to make a breakthrough in their goalless draw at the Allianz Riviera.

Nice remain ninth while Toulouse stay in 13th.

Spoils shared at Reims

Reims twice threw away leads before drawing 2-2 at home to Angers.

Goals from Junya Ito (10') and Folarin Balogun (54') were not enough to see off the already relegated side who responded  through Halid Sabanovic (46') and Himad Abdelli (60).

Brest secure top-flight survival

Goals either side of half time gave Brest a 2-1 win over Clermont at the Stade Francis le Blé.

Franck Honorat (45') and Steve Mounié (48') struck to cancel out Neto Borges' opener for Clermont (43'), which ensured Brest would be playing Ligue 1 Uber Eats football once again next season.

Bleak outlook for Nantes

Struggling Nantes were resoundingly beaten 3-0 at home to Montpellier.

Jordan Ferri put the visitors in front (38') before Arnaud Nordin (47') and Falaye Sacko (88') helped plunge Nantes deeper into the mire.

Strasbourg let slip 

Strasbourg were denied a third win in a row after a 1-1 draw at Troyes.

Habib Diarra gave Strasbourg a first-half lead (27') but Rony Lopes' superb free kick (73') means racing still have work to do to retain their Ligue 1 Uber Eats status.




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