Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday's Ligue 1: Monaco Beat St Etienne 2-0 To Clinch First Title In 17 Years

Kylian Mbappe fired Monaco on their way to wrapping up the Ligue 1 title as they secured a 2-0 win over St Etienne on Wednesday night.
Monaco have won the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 17 years after a 2-0 win at home to Saint-Etienne.

Needing a point to be crowned French champions for the eighth time, the in-form Kylian Mbappe scored the opener in style.
Monaco sealed their first French title since 2000 and eighth overall in their history

Mbappe, 18, latched on to captain Radamel Falcao's through ball, skipped around the goalkeeper and slotted in

Forward Valere Germain made sure of the win in injury time with a tap-in from close range.
Valere Germain wrapped up the title by scoring the second goal in injury time

The home side had all but secured the title before kick-off, with Paris St-Germain three points behind with just one game to play and a far inferior goal difference.

The new champions rarely looked troubled in registering their 11th consecutive league win and subsequently lifting a trophy that has eluded them since the turn of the millennium.

The principality side ended Paris St Germain's four-year reign as champions.
Kylian Mbappe (left) celebrates with Radamel Falcao after breaking the deadlock
Monaco's triumph is all the more impressive given they finished eighth in Ligue 2, France's second division, five years ago, having been in and out of the relegation zone over the course of the 2011-2012 season.

The following season they finished top of Ligue 2 and returned to top-flight football.
Just two seasons later, they have scored over 104 goals, conceding just 29, on their way to being crowned the best team in France.
Captain Radamel Falcao celebrates with the trophy and team-mates after winning Ligue 1

Four players from that Ligue 2 winning team are in Monaco's current title-winning squad: Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, defender Andrea Raggi, winger Nabil Dirar and forward Germain. 

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