Monaco clinch title, Nantes and Guingamp promoted
AS Monaco confirmed their promotion to Ligue 1 by taking the Ligue 2 title with a 2-1 win over Le Mans, while Nantes and Guingamp made sure they will be joining the principality club in the top flight with wins.
Monaco made sure of promotion last week with 1-0 win over Nîmes, but on Friday night Claudio Ranieri's side made sure they would return to Ligue 1 as champions as they won out 2-1 over Le Mans, taking an unbeatable five-point lead over second-placed Nantes with one game remaining.
There was jubilation in the stands of the Stade Louis II as the final whistle blew to end the tension after Idrissa Sylla had pulled one back for Le Mans (84') following Ibrahima Touré's 18th of the season (25') and Valère Germain's successful spot-kick (36').
It was a first Ligue 2 crown for the seven-time Ligue 1 champions, and coach Ranieri already has his sights set on booking a place in the 2014-15 Champions League.
"We deserved to score more goals," said the Italian after the win. "It was tough but we did well. We've worked hard the whole season. I'm happy for the players, the fans and the president, who is the one who holds the purse strings.
"Now my objective is the Champions League, and why not right away? For that, we'll need to build a competitive team. There are some very good sides in Ligue 1 and now is the best time for us to start building. We have big plans for the future."
Nantes, Guingamp secure promotion
Meanwhile Nantes booked their return to the top flight - after a four-season absence - by clinching second place with a 1-0 win over CS Sedan, for whom Florentin's Porgba's own-goal (59', o.g.) was the deciding factor despite Les Canaris' playing 86 minutes at ten men (Lucas Deaux, red card, 4').
Brittany side En Avant Guingamp, most known for their courageous cup campaigns - including the one in 2008-09 that saw them beat local rivals Rennes 2-1 in the Coupe de France final - have proven that they can also thrive in the league format.
Jocelyn Gourvennec's side were in the National (D3) just two seasons ago, but Friday's 1-0 win over GFC Ajaccio in Corsica saw them secure third place and a return to the country's top division for the first time since season 2003-04.