Monaco held at home
PSG claimed their second successive Ligue 1 title without having to kick a ball after Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw by Guingamp.
Last Updated: 07/05/14 8:39pm
Paris St Germain claimed their second successive Ligue 1 title without having to kick a ball after Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Guingamp.
PSG will go into their game with Rennes at the Parc des Princes later on Wednesday evening as champions once again thanks to Fatik Atik's 86th-minute equaliser at the Stade Louis II, which came soon after Dimitar Berbatov had fired second-placed Monaco ahead.
Guingamp lost Moustapha Diallo to a red card late on but Monaco could not find the winner they needed to keep the title race going for at least a while longer.
Claudio Ranieri's men came into the match eight points behind PSG with only three games to go and knowing anything other than victory would see them concede the league.
And they were left frustrated by Guingamp, who made life tough for their hosts from the off and almost took a surprise lead after 20 minutes through Mustapha Yatabare, who just failed to make good contact with a header from Claudio Beauvue's cross.
Despite Monaco seeing most of the ball, neither keeper had anything to do as the half-hour mark came and went, and it was visitors who came close again just before the break.
They hit Ranieri's team on the counter and the ball eventually fell to Thibault Giresse, who escaped into the left of the area but his drilled effort was punched clear by the diving Danijel Subasic.
Following the first shot on target, the game sprung into life and Guingamp went close once again with Subasic diving to keep out Lionel Mathis' stinging 20-yard strike before Berbatov headed over from close range at the other end shortly before the half-time whistle.
Monaco were incensed soon after the restart when Andrea Raggi burst into the area before going down under a clumsy challenge from Christophe Kerbrat, only for experienced referee Stephane Lannoy to wave play on with Berbatov seeing his resulting shot blocked.
The hosts continued to look for that elusive opener and Jeremy Toulalan went close in stunning fashion after Joao Moutinho's corner found the former Lyon man on the edge of the box, his first-time volley flying millimetres wide of the top left corner.
Monaco's second-half efforts finally paid off when, with just 13 minutes left on the clock, Berbatov made the breakthrough.
Nabil Dirar's powerful attacking run got him to the right byline and the Morocco international's chipped cross found the former Manchester United hitman who powered a header beyond Mamadou Samassa.
With Monaco seemingly comfortable the visitors stunned Ranieri's men with just six minutes left when Atik stabbed home Yatabare's knock down to level the scores.
Guingamp were forced to see out the final few minutes when Diallo was shown a straight red for a nasty-looking challenge on Toulalan but Jocelyn Gourvennec's side held on to hand PSG the title.