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Monaco claim first title in 17 years with St Etienne win

  • Published at 11:04 am May 18th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:26 pm May 27th, 2017
Monaco claim first title in 17 years with St Etienne win
Monaco claimed their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with one game to spare when they beat St Etienne 2-0 at home on Wednesday to bring an end to Paris St Germain's four-year reign as champions. Monaco, who took their tally in a swashbuckling season to 104 goals, needed a draw to be guaranteed top spot but got over the line in style with efforts from Kylian Mbappe and Valere Germain to lift them to 92 points, six ahead of PSG. Leonardo Jardim's side built their success around a devastating attack featuring French prodigy Mbappe and the resurgent Radamel Falcao, who have been fed all season by Portugal hope Bernardo Silva and young French international Thomas Lemar. With midfielder Fabinho and talented fullbacks Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy adding to their forward firepower, Monaco were a cut above the rest -- even PSG. The title put them joint third in the professional era with Nantes on eight titles behind St Etienne (10) and Olympique de Marseille (9). "PSG are used to being champions, that's the logic. But once in a while we can win one title and that's an achievement. It's time to celebrate now," said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim. [caption id="attachment_64051" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Monaco players celebrate after winning Ligue 1 Reuters [/caption] Mbappe, whose performances have made him one of Europe's most coveted young players, added: "We reached our goal, we managed to keep PSG and Nice at bay. They sustained the pace for most of the season, but we hung on." Monaco started strongly, pressuring the St Etienne defence on their right flank. Les Verts threatened on the break with Habib Baiga's shot rising just over the bar on eight minutes. The hosts were a cut above, however, and after collecting Falcao's superb through ball, Mbappe feinted his way past Stephane Ruffier before poking the ball home for his 15th league goal. Falcao then went close with a fine header seven minutes into the second half. Arnaud Nordin forced Danijel Subasic into a spectacular save shortly afterwards as St Etienne showed they had no intention of settling for defeat even if they had nothing to play for. Monaco controlled the game until the final whistle as they snatched their 17th win from 19 homes games, having scored a massive 63 goals at the Stade Louis-II. "At the beginning of the season we did not really believe in it but then we started to score freely and we grew more confident," said midfielder Nadil Dirar, one of four players along with Subasic, Germain and Andrea Raggi, who were also crowned Ligue 2 champions in 2013. RESULT: Monaco 2 Kylian Mbappe 19, Valere Germain 90+3  St Etienne 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Monaco 37 29 5 3 104 29 92 2 Paris St Germain 37 27 5 5 82 26 86 3 Nice 37 22 11 4 60 33 77 4 Olympique Lyon 37 21 3 13 74 45 66 5 Olympique Marseille 37 16 11 10 56 41 59 6 Girondins Bordeaux 37 15 13 9 52 42 58 7 Nantes 37 14 9 14 40 51 51 8 St Etienne 37 12 14 11 40 39 50 9 Stade Rennes 37 12 14 11 34 39 50 10 En Avant de Guingamp 37 13 8 16 45 53 47 List  of Ligue 1 champion since 2000 2000-01 Nantes 2001-02 Olympique Lyon 2002-03 Olympique Lyon 2003-04 Olympique Lyon 2004-05 Olympique Lyon 2005-06 Olympique Lyon 2006-07 Olympique Lyon 2007-08 Olympique Lyon 2008-09 Girondins Bordeaux 2009-10 Olympique de Marseille 2010-11 Lille 2011-12 Montpellier 2012-13 Paris St Germain 2013-14 Paris St Germain 2014-15 Paris St Germain 2015-16 Paris St Germain 2016-17 Monaco
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