October 15, 2018
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Paris Saint-Germain secure Ligue 1 triumph after 7-1 rout versus Monaco

PSG reclaim Ligue 1 title after 7-1 thrashing of Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain are champions again (Picture: Reuters)

Paris Saint-Germain have won the Ligue 1 title after thrashing defending champions Monaco 7-1 on Sunday.

Giovanni lo Celso opened the scoring for PSG in the 14th minute, before goals from Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and a second from Lo Celso made it 4-0 inside 27 minutes.

Rony Lopes gave Monaco a glimmer of hope just before the half-time, but PSG continued to run riot in the second period with a further three goals.

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Di Maria scored again soon after the restart to secure PSGs 100th league goal this season.

An own goal from Monaco striker Radamel Falcao made the night even worse for Monaco before a late strike from Julian Draxler finished off the scoring for the new champions.

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Monaco stunned the French league last season when they raced to a league title, but a massive exodus of players last summer proved fatal to their chances of successfully defending their title.

PSG players celebrate scoring 1-0 during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Monaco at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Monaco (ASM) on April 15, 2018, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
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PSG have been superb since the opening day of the season and have lost just two league games this campaign. Monaco are the closest side to PSG in second place, but there is now a 17-point gap between them and the champions.

World record signing Neymar has been a huge part of PSGs quick return to the top of Ligue 1, but the Brazilian was made to watch from the sidelines as his side reclaimed the title due to injury, as was former Monaco player Kylian Mbappe.

Di Marias finish was the pick of the first-half goals as he superbly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

PSG reclaim Ligue 1 title after 7-1 thrashing of Monaco
And at the expense of the defending champions (Picture: Getty)

It is the fourth time in five season PSG have been crowned champions and the sixth time in their history.

Cavani and Neymar lead the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 25 and 19 goals respectively.

Much to the delight of the PSG supporters, the title was won in front of their eyes and there were wild celebrations at the full-time whistle.

PSG have five more league games to add to their impressive goal tally, and can still add the Coupe de France to their season haul.

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