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Monaco End 17-Year Wait For Ligue 1 Title

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AS Monaco have been crowned Ligue 1 champions for the first time in 17 years, after recording a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday evening.

It was an open affair in the early stages, although the visitors went close through Maiga after 10 minutes.

The home side eventually broke the deadlock in the 19th minute as Kylian Mbappe latched onto a pass from Radamel Falcao, before calmly slotting home.

Saint-Etienne could have leveled matters in the 34th minute when Pogba rose well to meet Veretout’s cross but Subasic was well-positioned to deal with the effort.

Falcao went close to adding his name on the score-sheet just before the halftime break, but he failed to connect with Bernard Silva’s inch-perfect cross.

Subasic came to Monaco’s rescue 10 minutes into the second half as he did well to keep out Nordin’s close range effort.

With Monaco still searching for another goal, Leonardo Jardim introduced Valere Germain for Silva on 70 minutes.

Germain nearly made the perfect impact when he tried his luck from distance in the 80th minute, but Ruffier was on hand to deny the midfielder with superb save.

Monaco managed to grab a second goal in stoppage time as Thomas Lemar unselfishly teed up Germain, who slotted home from close range to hand Monaco the French league title.
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Football :  Cavani kills Ranieri’s Canaries

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Edinson Cavani fired two goals past Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes as Paris Saint-Germain went six points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday with an eye-catching 4-1 win.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani reacts after their match against Nantes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on November 18, 2017

Edinson Cavani fired two goals past Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes as Paris Saint-Germain went six points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday with an eye-catching 4-1 win.

With the Champions League visit of Celtic looming in midweek, PSG rested Kylian Mbappe but his replacement Javier Pastore scored one and made one, while Angel Di Maria fired home the other goal after a corner he had taken himself.

The win extended PSG’s lead over defending champions Monaco and the sides meet in a top-of-the-table showdown on the south coast next weekend.

« We aren’t thinking about Monaco, just about winning, » Cavani said.

The star of the show at the Parc des Princes may have been Pastore, but Cavani’s brace lifted his goal tally to 15 league goals from 13 games, and 68 goals from 67 matches in all competitions since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United.

« Very pleasing for a striker, but there’s a long way to go and I want to carry on and get bigger and better match after match, » the Uruguayan striker said.

Cavani timed his run onto Pastore’s through ball perfectly before lashing a fierce shot low past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu on 38 minutes for the opener.

« I gave him the ball and he scored the goal, that’s the kind of player he is, » Pastore said.

Di Maria took a short corner which Marco Verratti returned to him, before his searching left-foot cross-shot crept in to make it two.

Ranieri, the mastermind of Leicester City’s Premier League title two seasons ago, brought on Prejuce Nakoulma and he pegged PSG back within three minutes.

But midway through the second half Pastore, fed by Verratti, lobbed the giant Romanian keeper, who got a hand to the ball only to see it drop over the line.

Cavani’s second strike was a tap-in late on after defenders watched in horror as the loose ball fell to the wrong man.

« We were unlucky to lose 4-1, we played a good match. They are a huge team and you have to congratulate them, » Ranieri said.

Strasbourg beat Rennes 2-1 to send Lille into the relegation play-off places, despite Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s much-needed 3-1 victory over Saint-Etienne on Friday.

Dijon pulled clear of danger by seeing off Troyes 3-1 Saturday, but Angers were held to their eighth draw in just 13 league games this season at Guingamp to slip closer to the drop zone, just two points clear of second-bottom Amiens.

Newly-promoted Amiens put a dent in Monaco’s hopes of defending their title on Friday, as they held Leonardo Jardim’s principality outfit to a 1-1 draw.

Monaco striker Stevan Jovetic came off the bench to slot in a second-half equaliser after Serge Gakpe’s opener.

Third-placed Lyon host Montpellier on Sunday, as Marseille visit Bordeaux and struggling Nice try to revive their season at Caen.

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Barcelona defeat Leganes in La Liga encounter

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– Barcelona on Saturday, November 18, beat Leganes 3-0

– The match was a tough Spanish La Liga encounter

– Luis Suarez scored two goals for Barcelona in the match

Spanish club Barcelona on Saturday, November 18 continued with their unbeaten run this season in the Spanish La Liga after beating hosts Leganes 3-0.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was on fire for Barcelona in this match as he scored two goals and set another that helped the Catalan giants to win the match.

Suarez scored the first goal for Barcelona in the 28th minute after a shot from Francisco Alcacer was parried by the keeper and went back into play for Suarez to score.

Barcelona defeat Leganes in La Liga encounter

Barcelona defeat Leganes 3-0 in La Liga encounter (photo: Mirror)

Lionel Messi also had a glorious chance to increase the scoreline for the visitors when he was superbly set up by Ivan Rakitic, but he was unable to score.

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Messi then provided a good chance for Luis Suarez to score the second goal in the 60th minute before Paulinho netted the third and winning goal for Barcelona in the 90th minute

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Football :  Derby stalemate leaves Real 10 points behind Barcelona

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a Madrid derby short on chances finished 0-0 at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (C) vies with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos (R) and Nacho Fernandez during their match in Madrid on November 18, 2017

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a Madrid derby short on chances finished 0-0 at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Earlier, Barca also weren’t at their best but Luis Suarez’s double ended a five-game goal drought for the Uruguayan and Paulinho’s late strike helped see off a determined Leganes 3-0.

Both Madrid sides suffered a familiar lack of cutting edge in front of goal this season, but it was Atletico who passed up the best chance when Angel Correa fired wide after just three minutes.

« We lacked a goal, but apart from that I feel for the players because they deserved more, » said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

« 10 points is a lot but that will change for sure because Barca will not always win and we will be in the running. »

After a bright start from Atletico, Real’s first chance came on the counter-attack but Juanfran outpaced Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese was put clean through by Luka Modric much to the home crowd’s delight.

« In the first 25 minutes you saw the team we are against the best team in the world, who had the need to win after Barca’s win, » said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

« We are finding it hard to score goals. If we score with Correa it would have changed the game completely. »

The visitors slowly started to take control of possession as the first period wore on, but lacked a creative spark.

Jan Oblak turned Toni Kroos’s effort behind at the near post after a neat one-two with Ronaldo, before Sergio Ramos was left bloodied and eventually replaced at half-time with a broken nose as he was caught by Lucas Hernandez as he stooped to head into the side-netting.

Ronaldo’s profligacy has been blamed for Real’s slump in form this season and the Portuguese was once again wayward with his side’s best chance as his tame effort from Modric’s pass dribbled wide.

Antoine Griezmann was jeered off after another underwhelming display 15 minutes from time.

« As long as someone is in my family, I am with them to the death, » added an irritated Simeone at the Frenchman’s treatment.

However, his replacement Kevin Gameiro nearly grabbed the winner when his lobbed effort was cleared off the line by Raphael Varane.

And at the other end, Ronaldo took just too long to wind up his effort as Hernandez galloped back into position to make a brave block in a frantic finale and ensure Atletico a share of the spoils.

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during their match against at the Butarque stadium in Leganes on November 18, 2017

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde admitted a 3-0 win flattered his side across Madrid at Butarque as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen again shone.

« The important thing was to win, » Suarez told BeIN Sports Spain.

« We always try to play our best in every game but sometimes it is not possible. »

Leganes’ good work in the opening half hour was undone by a goalkeeping error when Ivan Cuellar limply palmed Paco Alcacer’s driven cross into the path of the grateful Suarez to smash home his first goal for a month.

« I wasn’t anxious. The important thing was to feel good again and help the team, » added Suarez.

Barca’s joy was tempered moments later when Gerard Pique was booked for bringing down Nordin Amrabat meaning he will be suspended for next weekend’s top of the table clash at Valencia.

The busy Ambrabat was the creator for Leganes’ best chance before the break when he released Alexander Szymanowski inside the area, but the Argentine’s curling effort was turned to safety by the in-form Ter Stegen.

The German goalkeeper was called into action again early in the second period when Leganes substitute Claudio Beauvue was too quick for the Barca defence only to fire straight at Ter Stegen.

In contrast, just as in the first half, Barca were ruthlessly efficient in front of goal to double their lead on the hour mark.

Lionel Messi’s dinked pass released Alcacer and after Cuellar parried his first effort, Suarez drilled home the rebound for his second of the afternoon.

« Perhaps 0-3 is a bit excessive. They played well enough for the gap between the teams to not be so great, » said Barca boss Valverde.

However, Barca rubbed salt into Leganes’ wounds when Paulinho rolled into an empty net when a loose ball broke off Messi in stoppage time.

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