French Ligue 1
Montpellier1PSG2

Montpellier 1-2 Paris St-Germain

Ezequiel Lavezzi
PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi scored his eighth goal of the season in Ligue 1 against Montpellier

Paris St-Germain were crowned French champions for the third consecutive season after a hard-fought away victory over Montpellier.

PSG needed only a point to be certain of becoming only the fourth Ligue 1 club to win three consecutive titles.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi gave the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Montpellier forward Anthony Mounier pulled one back for the home side but Laurent Blanc's men held on.

Now PSG are aiming to become the first team to win a Ligue 1, French Cup and French League Cup treble.

They lifted the Coupe de la Ligue with a 4-0 win against Bastia last month and face second-tier Auxerre in the Coupe de France final on 30 May.

Laurent Blanc
Laurent Blanc has won Ligue 1 in each of his two seasons at PSG, adding to his title success at Bordeaux in 2009

PSG were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the game with a calf injury, and in the Sweden striker's absence they were not quite at their fluent attacking best.

In their previous four matches PSG had scored 17 goals with eye-catching wins over both Lille and Guingamp where they scored six goals.

Blanc's side created plenty of chances but were only able to secure victory by a narrow advantage after Montpellier, who had the slim hope of securing a Europa League place before kick-off, pushed them right to the end.

Matuidi, who said this week he does not want to leave PSG after being linked with a move to the English Premier League, opened the scoring in the 17th minute.

He broke through the home side's defence and took a neat touch before he stroked the ball into the corner of the net.

Lavezzi added a second with a crisp finish from Serge Aurier's low right-wing cross which beat the dive of Montpellier goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali.

Mounier reduced the deficit five minutes before the break when he swung in a left-footed cross and the ball sailed over the head of Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal and into the net.

Elsewhere, Lyon secured second spot after a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux, while the race for the third and final Champions League place will go down to the final weekend.

Monaco are currently in third spot after a 2-0 win over Metz but should they slip up Marseille and St-Etienne are poised.

Marseille were 4-0 winners over Lille while St-Etienne claimed a 2-0 success over Evian, who are now relegated to Ligue 2 along with Metz and Lens.

Paris St-Germain celebrate third straight French title
PSG are the French champions for the fifth time in their 45-year history after previous successes in 1985-86, 1993-94, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15
Paris St-Germain celebrate third straight French title
PSG won their eighth consecutive top-flight game, equalling their record in Ligue 1

Line-ups

Montpellier

  • 30Ligali
  • 25DeplagneBooked at 51mins
  • 4Da SilvaBooked at 45mins
  • 21El Kaoutari
  • 3Congré
  • 23SaihiSubstituted forDaboat 39'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 17Lasne
  • 6MarveauxSubstituted forCamaraat 78'minutes
  • 8Martin
  • 7MounierSubstituted forBerigaudat 45'minutes
  • 10Barrios Caceres

Substitutes

  • 5Tiéné
  • 9Berigaud
  • 14Dabo
  • 16Jourdren
  • 19Camara
  • 22Wüthrich
  • 28Bakar

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 19AurierBooked at 67mins
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 32David Luiz
  • 17Maxwell
  • 25RabiotBooked at 53mins
  • 4CabayeBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMarquinhosat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Matuidi
  • 27PastoreBooked at 45mins
  • 9Cavani
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 6Camara
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 21Digne
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 33Augustin
Referee:
Fredy Fautrel
Attendance:
27,930

Match Stats

Home TeamMontpellierAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Montpellier 1, Paris Saint-Germain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Montpellier 1, Paris Saint-Germain 2.

Hand ball by Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain).

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Javier Pastore with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bryan Dabo (Montpellier) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Souleymane Camara.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Paris Saint-Germain).

Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Adrien Rabiot.

Booking

Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain).

Jonas Martin (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Jonas Martin (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain).

Bryan Dabo (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain).

Bryan Dabo (Montpellier) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Pastore.

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hilton (Montpellier).

Attempt blocked. Souleymane Camara (Montpellier) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Lasne with a cross.

Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Conceded by Hilton.

Attempt blocked. Paul Lasne (Montpellier) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Deplagne.

Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Barrios (Montpellier).

Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Barrios (Montpellier).

Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Conceded by Jonathan Ligali.

Attempt saved. Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Substitution

Substitution, Montpellier. Souleymane Camara replaces Joris Marveaux.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Marquinhos replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Foul by Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain).

Jonas Martin (Montpellier) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Lasne (Montpellier).

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Edinson Cavani.

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

Corner, Montpellier. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Lucas Moura replaces Ezequiel Lavezzi.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th May 2015

  • MontpellierMontpellier1PSGParis Saint Germain2
  • BastiaBastia1CaenCaen1
  • Evian Thonon GaillardEvian Thonon Gaillard1Saint-ÉtienneSaint-Étienne2
  • GuingampGuingamp2ToulouseToulouse1
  • LilleLille0MarseilleMarseille4
  • LyonLyon1BordeauxBordeaux1
  • MonacoMonaco2MetzMetz0
  • NantesNantes1LorientLorient1
  • NiceNice2LensLens1
  • ReimsReims1RennesRennes0

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