PSG win French football league for 12th time as Monaco lose at Lyon

Paris Saint-Germain were confirmed as Ligue 1 champions on Sunday without even playing, after their closest challengers Monaco lost 3-2 away to Lyon.

Monaco's defeat gave PSG an unassailable 12-point lead at the top of the table with three games remaining and means they are champions for a French record-extending 12th time.

PSG could have clinched the title on Saturday with a win at home to struggling Le Havre, but in the end they needed a 95th-minute equaliser to snatch a 3-3 draw.

However, after that game coach Luis Enrique insisted his side had won the league "without any doubt", as they were 12 points clear with only 12 points left to play for, and also boast a far superior goal difference to that of Monaco.

The principality club's loss in Lyon nevertheless makes PSG's coronation official, and sets them up for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg away to Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Monaco had taken the lead inside the opening minute in Lyon thanks to a Wissam Ben Yedder goal, but Alexandre Lacazette equalised for the hosts and Saïd Benrahma put them ahead before the half-hour mark.

Ben Yedder struck again to bring it back to 2-2, only for substitute Malick Fofana to net a late winner for Lyon, who are still hoping to qualify for Europe.

Aiming for clean sweep

PSG have won 10 of their 12 titles in the last 12 seasons, a record which goes to show how the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011 has utterly transformed them and the face of French football as a whole.

"We're champions. I don't care if there's a party or not," the coach said.

Read more on FRANCE 24 English

Read also:
PSG beat Barcelona to reach Champions League semi-finals
PSG beat Ligue 1 archrivals Marseille with goals by Vitinha and Ramos
PSG clinches record-breaking 11th French Ligue 1 title