The last 24 hours all but sealed the Ligue 1 title for Paris Saint-Germain this season. The reigning champions squeezed past Nice on Friday night, Edinson Cavani is still trying to claim the goal, but it was definitely Nice defender Timothee Kolodziejczak that got the vital touch. The pressure was then on Monaco to win away at Evian, but Claudio Ranieri’s side slipped up and PSG now has an unassailable 13-point lead with only seven games to go.
Evian are one of Ligue 1’s weirdest teams. They have only managed to win five games at home this season, but when you include wins against PSG, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon and Saturday’s 1-0 win over Monaco – you wonder why they are still 17th in the league.
After defending against a sluggish and poor Monaco side, Cedric Mongongu then converted an 84th minute penalty to win all three points. It gives les rose a five point lead over Valenciennes in 18th, and should be enough to see them safe this season.
Valenciennes lost ground on Evian as they could only manage a goalless draw in Montpellier, it would have been a decent away point if Evian hadn’t shocked the Monegasque side. There was another goalless draw in Nantes and Bordeaux and les canaris couldn’t find a way past each other.
It was a case of points shared all round Ligue 1 on Saturday. Marseille needed a 90th minute equaliser to save a point away at Sochaux. Centre-back Stoppila Sunzu had given the relegation strugglers the lead in the first-half. Reims and Lorient also finished 1-1 with Odair Fortes levelling for Reims after Vincent Aboubakar had given the away side the lead from the penalty spot.
Most of Saturday’s drama came on the island of Corsica. Home side Ajaccio took a 2-0 first-half lead over Toulouse, with goals from Ricardo Faty and Mehdi Mostefa shocking the 8th place side.
Toulouse would fight back and a first half goal from Issiaga Sylla gave them hope before half-time and former PSG midfielder Clement Chantome levelled the scores with 30 minutes to go.
In the dying minutes of the game, Toulouse won a penalty, with a chance to seal the win and climb up to 6th place. Strike Wissam Ben Yedder tried to claim the spot-kick but captain Jonathan Zebina called rank and lined up the penalty. Ben Yedder’s disappointment then turned to anger as the former Juventus man missed the kick, leaving Toulouse behind Marseille, Reims and Lyon for a potential place in the Europa League.
Evian were Saturday’s big winners, the extra distance between them and the relegation zone could prove critical going into the final stages of the season.