PSG dethrones Monaco, clinches Ligue 1 title

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/04/2018

Paris Saint-Germain secured the Ligue 1 title in emphatic style as they thrashed their closest challengers Monaco 7-1 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.

Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria both hit braces, while Edinson Cavani was also on target, with Monaco's misery being compounded when Radamel Falcao scored an own goal before Julian Draxler also found the net.

Rony Lopes scored in the first half for Monaco but by that point, it was 4-1 to PSG, with Unai Emery's side proceeding to run out comfortable winners.  

Setting the Scene

Unai Emery's Parisian giants had won 27 of their 32 Ligue 1 games heading into Sunday's clash with Monaco, leaving them 14 points ahead of the Principality club with just six games to play.

PSG had also scored 96 goals in those 32 games at an incredible rate of an average of three per game and brought up their century in just 27 minutes as they blew away Monaco.

First Half

Edison Cavani missed a glorious opportunity, PSG were playing with a ruthlessness that was not going to see them slip up.

Cavani was soon involved for the better in the 14th minute, as he cleverly fed Dani Alves into the area and the Brazilian set up Lo Celso for an easy finish.

Their lead was then doubled soon after when Cavani rose to meet Yuri Berchiche's left-wing cross with a bullet header into the bottom-left corner.

Monaco had no answer to PSG's brilliance and Di Maria added a third after just 20 minutes, the winger racing on to Cavani's pass and outrageously scooping the ball over the helpless Danijel Subasic.

And things got even uglier in the 27th minute as Javier Pastore's cross with the outside of his right foot found Lo Celso, who nodded in his second.

Lopes tapped in Almamy Toure's right-wing cross at the back post to pull one back for Monaco late in the first half.

Second Half

 It never looked like being the start of an incredible comeback, even if PSG evidently eased off slightly after the restart.

PSG still had enough to restore their four-goal advantage, though, as Di Maria found the bottom-right corner after being fed into the box by Pastore in the 58th minute.

And to add insult to injury, Falcao put past his own goalkeeper 14 minutes from time when trying to get out of the way of a corner delivery, and Draxler rounded off a remarkable day for champions PSG by scoring a seventh, slotting into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.