Monaco are 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions



Monaco won their first Ligue 1 title since year 2000 following a 2-0 win over St Etienne on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from hot prospect Kylian Mbappe and Valere Germain.

The hosts kicked off knowing a point would be enough to win a first domestic crown in 17 years and end Paris Saint-Germain’s four-year domination, and Mbappe, who netted his 15th league goal of the campaign, was a fitting hero as PSG were condemned to finish in second spot.

Yet St Etienne did not arrive at the Louis II Stadium to be party guests, and Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic had to keep out a dangerous early header from Alexander Soderlund.

Moments later Mbappe threatened for the first time, popping up on the right-hand side of Monaco’s penalty area only to be denied by a fine save at his near post by goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

However, Monaco’s nerves were settled after 19 minutes when the visitors lost the ball in midfield, and in a flash found themselves behind as 18-year-old France international Mbappe who has been linked with a host of top clubs ahead of the summer transfer window, latched onto Radamel Falcao’s through-ball and he made no mistakes as he put goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier on his backside with a drop of the shoulder before rolling the ball into an empty net from an acute angle.

Monaco’s second goal came in stoppage time when Germain rounded off a swift counter attack to signal the start of the celebrations for Leonardo Jardim’s youthful side.


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