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European football: Paris Saint-Germain claim 12th Ligue 1 title after Monaco lose



Paris Sant-Germain were confirmed as Ligue 1 champions for a record-extending 12th time on Sunday after second-placed Monaco lost 3-2 at Lyon.
PSG, who missed the chance to secure the title on Saturday with a 3-3 draw against Le Havre, have 70 points, 12 ahead of Monaco with three games remaining.

Monaco, despite taking an early lead, fell to their first defeat in nine games, as PSG’s domination of French football continues. The visitors scored with a little over 20 seconds on the clock, with Wissam Ben Yedder tapping home Takumi Minamino’s cross at the back post, but Monaco were 2-1 down within 25 minutes through goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Said Benrahma.

Ben Yedder brought the sides level again on the hour mark, heading home a floated ball into the box by Youssouf Fofana, but it was Lyon who found a winner six minutes from time with Fofana scoring from outside the area.

After Saturday’s draw which kept the champagne on ice, PSG manager Luis Enrique was unconcerned, safe in the knowledge that their far superior goal difference meant their third successive league title was all but assured. “We’re champions. I don’t care if there’s a party or not,” the coach said.

The Spaniard, who took over at PSG at the end of last season, was proved right, as they secured their 10th title in 12 seasons without having to play another game.

Internazionale’s 2-0 win over Torino became the first match in Serie A to feature an all-female officiating team. Referee Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi, along with assistant referees Francesca Di Monte and Tiziana Trasciatti, took charge at San Siro as Hakan Calhanoglu scored twice to give the newly crowned league champions victory.

The win over 10-man Torino extended Inter’s unbeaten league run to 28 games. It was a party atmosphere with confetti and fireworks before kick-off as fans continued to celebrate the Scudetto they secured on Monday with a 2-1 derby win over Milan.

The Torino players gave Inter a guard of honour as they walked on to the pitch and Inter coach Simone Inzaghi answered the crowd’s call for him to celebrate with them.

Caputi showed a straight red to Torino’s Adrien Tameze early in the second half for a foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Inter made the breakthrough seven minutes later when the former Manchester United player squared to to Calhanoglu, who drove a close-range shot into the bottom corner.

The Turkish international converted a penalty four minutes later after a foul on Marcus Thuram and the party will continue into the evening as the Inter players parade through the streets of Milan on open-top buses.

Referee Maria Caputi, along with her assistants on a historic afternoon, look on as the Inter and Torino captains shake hands. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

A wasteful Napoli were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Roma, with a late Tammy Abraham header securing a point for the visitors. Napoli are eighth with 50 points, while Roma are fifth with 59 with four matches remaining.

The hosts and outgoing champions dominated much of the match, however, a solid performance from Roma keeper Mile Svilar prevented Napoli from taking all three points.

Napoli controlled the game in the first half, with both Victor Osimhen and nearly breaking the deadlock. Against the run of play, Roma took the lead from the penalty spot in the 59th minute, with Paulo Dybala converting after Juan Jesus tripped Sardar Azmoun.

Napoli equalised when a shot from Mathías Olivera deflected off defender Rasmus Kristensen and looped over Svilar and into the net. The hosts took the lead in the 84th minute when Renato Sanches fouled Kvaratskhelia and Osimhen converted the penalty.

Yet Roma levelled five minutes later, when Abraham headed in a flicked corner. Initially, the effort was flagged offside, but that was overruled by VAR after several minutes.

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