Paris Saint-Germain put seven past Monaco to claim Ligue 1 title

Hope Soto
April 16, 2018

A stunning six-minute spell in the first half put PSG in complete control as they scored three times through Giovani Lo Celso, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria, before former got his second of the day and the team's 100th this season just before the half-hour mark.

Playing at the Parc des Princes against the team who denied them the title past year was the flawless occasion for PSG, owned by big-spenders Qatar Sports Investments since 2011, to wrap up their fifth title in the Qatari era.

In quotes reported on the club's Twitter feed, Emery said: "Neymar is close to a return after the latest tests".

"Our great goal is the Champions League; it's not easy but we're going to work hard for it". "Perhaps he'll have time to play a few matches before the end of the season".

Monaco started with plenty of energy but nearly fell behind inside nine minutes when Cavani collected at the back post, only to drag his volley across the face of goal and wide.

Having started slowly, PSG soon sprang back into life and they found a fifth in the 58th minute, Alves and Pastore combining beautifully on the break to play in Di Maria, who was clinical once more with his second clever finish of the night.

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Seven minutes later, after a one-two with Cavani, Pastore whipped a flawless cross that Lo Celso headed home.

In a whirlwind first half, AS were able to grab themselves a slender lifeline when Berchiche was robbed by Almamy Toure, leaving the full-back to drill across goal and find Rony Lopes who lashed in at the back post. That prognosis appeared to cast doubt over whether Neymar would be fit in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14.

"I think it is a serious injury", said Jardim.

Javier Pastore supplied Lo Celso to head in PSG's fourth on 28 minutes and Monaco suffered further misfortune when France worldwide Djibril Sidibe was stretchered off with a leg injury, a worrying sign for both club and country ahead of the World Cup.

Falcao headed home on a corner to beat his own keeper and Draxler added another goal with a powerful shot after another Pastore cross from the right.

Earlier, Olympique de Marseille snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Troyes to stay fourth behind Lyon on goal difference.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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