After last week’s big win against Sochaux, Lille, who has not won a Ligue 1 championship since 1954, only had to score one point in their last two matches in order to secure the title. And trying to gain that point in the Parc des Princes isn’t the easiest of tasks. Yet Lille were up to that task as they drew with Paris St. Germain 2-2 and win the Ligue 1 title.
Unlike their French Cup match, which was pretty lame to say the least, this one was a barn-burner which saw a number of close chances for both teams as well as a number of confrontations as well. Lille opened up the scoring just five minutes into the match when Ludovic Obraniak, who scored the only goal in the French Cup final, knocked one in, making the score 1-0. After that, Paris were able to take control of the game, with a number of opportunities coming close for the home side.
In the third minute of stoppage time in the first half, PSG were able to finally net that goal, with the goal scorer being Guillaume Hoarau, leveling the match at 1-1.
But PSG’s fun was to be short lived. Just as the half started, Hoarau was given a second yellow card for diving. The PSG forward left the pitch in tears. In addition, PSG coach Antoine Koumboure was sent off as well after arguing with the 4th official.
In the 59th minute, league scoring leader Moussa Sow scored his 22nd goal of the season, making it 2-1 and nearly impossible for Marseille to take the title away from Lille.
But as luck would have it, PSG were able to find another goal, this one from Mathieu Bodmer, leveling the match yet again at 2-2. But this goal wouldn’t be enough for Marseille, and Lille go on to win the title.
If Lille wasn’t able to win tonight, Marseille still needed to win outright to retain their title hopes. But, just as with Lille, they weren’t able to pull off the victory as they drew to Valenciennes by a score of 2-2 at the Stade Velodrome. Marseille did take a 2-1 lead off a Loic Remy goal in the 37th minute, but sluggish play from Marseille eventually lead to a second Valenciennes goal by Remi Gomis.
Still, even with the draw, as well as Lyon failing to win against Caen, Marseille did clinch 2nd place and will play in the Champions League next season. Lyon and PSG will still battle it out for third position next week, which is the Champions League playoff position.
In addition to these four teams, Sochaux were able to secure a spot in the Europa League as they defeated St. Etienne by a score of 2-1. Brown Ideye scored the two Sochaux goals, putting his tally at 14 for the season.
From the opening whistle, Sochaux were in total control of the match. With the exceptions of a few moments, St. Etienne looked flat. No doubt the lack of any offense lead to this road defeat for ASSE.
In the battle for relegation, Monaco, Nancy, Nice win, which keeps The Principality in 18th place and fighting for their Ligue 1 lives next week against Lyon at the Stade Louis II.