Monaco secure Champions League return

Monaco secure Champions League return

Monaco, locked in a three-way tussle with Saint-Etienne and Marseille, booked the third and final French ticket to next season`s Champions League thanks to a season-closing 1-0 win over Lorient on Saturday.

A first-half goal by Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was enough to help the Principality side clinch immediate return to the Champions League as they remain third in the table, two points ahead of Marseille and Saint-Etienne.

The two former French champions sealed their place in next season`s Europa League as "Les Verts" beat Guingamp 2-1.

Marseille`s game was delayed for 20 minutes just before the start of the second half as fans threw objects on the pitch, leading referee Ruddy Buquet to send the players back into the locker rooms while police forces settled on the sidelines to help control the crowd.

It was nonetheless an emotional game for Marseille`s Andre-Pierre Gignac and Andre Ayew who both will be leaving the South of France giants during the summer.

Meanwhile, freshly-crowned champions Paris Saint-Germain celebrated their latest title triumph with a brace by Edinson Cavani, and a third goal from Adrien Rabiot, to overcome Reims 3-2.

With the French League Cup also under their belt, PSG are still aiming for an unprecedented domestic treble as they tackle second-tier Auxerre in the final of the French Cup on May 30.

A win at the Stade de France for Zlatan Ibrahimovic`s teammates would mean the world for sixth-placed Bordeaux, who would then qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round.

The Girondins got the party going in their new stadium as Diego Rolan, who had already scored the last goal in the old Chaban-Delmas, bagged a brace in his side`s 2-1 victory against Montpellier. 

Elsewhere, eighth-placed Lille ended their disappointing season with a 4-1 drubbing of relegation-bound Metz while bottom-of-the-table Lens kissed Ligue 1 goodbye with a 1-0 win over Nantes as Caen eased past Evian 3-2 and Nice toyed with fire in their 3-2 away win at Toulouse.

Clinton Njie struck late for Lyon as the second-placed side beat a lacklustre Rennes 1-0.

The closing day saw PSG`s Zoumana Camara, 36, hang up his boots alongside former Liverpool and Sunderland forward Djibril Cisse, now at Bastia.

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