Ligue 1: Marseille hosts Champions League football with Bordeaux and Metz losing on final day

How Paris Saint-Germain was ccelebrating the extension of Kylian Mbappe’s contract and beating FC Metz 5-0 at the Parc des Princes, Ligue 1 was delivering a concentrated dose of final day drama throughout the rest of France. Olympique de Marseille, Stade Rennais, Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Saint-Etienne and Metz himself had plenty to play for in the final round, and Le Championnat didn’t disappoint with much late-night drama.

We look at the final shake-up.

Marseille second

Thanks to a 4-0 defeat of RC Strasbourg Alsace, OM are back in the UEFA Champions League next season, with Gerson scoring twice at Cengiz Under and Cedric Bakambu also ensuring that Jorge Sampaoli’s men left nothing to chance. It was a blow to Julian Stephan’s impressive racing team, who had fallen agonizingly short of Europe at the last moment, but the victory sparked jubilation in the camp of OM owner Frank McCourt.

Third to Monaco

There was late drama in Lens, with AS Monaco tied 2-2 after Ignatius Ganago’s equalizer for the hosts, which meant Marseille secured second place by two points at the end. Like Strasbourg, RC Lens were a European hope until the end of the campaign, but fell short of continental qualification after a courageous shot from Franck Haise’s impressive team.

After the match, Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev said: “The cruel scenario of this final match should not make us forget the last episodes of the battle we fought in Ligue 1. At the end of a season marked by ups and downs, I would like to to see us remember the fighting spirit shown by the players and the coaching staff. The team went through difficult times, but did not give up. Instead, they had an excellent unbeaten record and were rewarded for the effort with the seventh podium since AS Monaco returned to Ligue 1 for nine years.”

Rennes in room

Strasbourg finished three points behind Bruno Genesio’s Rennes, and that was after the Breton team had twice fought Lille OSC, inspired by Timothy Weah, to draw 2-2 with the deposed champion. The USMNT star put LOSC twice ahead only for Benjamin Bourigeaud to equalize once and then ex-Dogue Sehrou Guirassy to save the vital point in death which secured a finish above OGC Nice, who somehow recovered from 2- 0 at Stade de Reims to win 3-2 thanks to an Andy Delort hat-trick in seven minutes.

Lyon loses Europe

Although it was settled before the final day, Lyon, who are out of Europe, continue their recent decline following appearances in the Champions League semi-final just two years ago. A 2-1 away win over Clermont Foot 63 counted for little and Peter Bosz’s men now have to regroup to come back stronger next season.

Bordeaux and Metz fall

As good as it was decided ahead of the final round of games, Bordeaux’s relegation was confirmed despite a 4-2 victory at Stade Brestois 29, which prompted owner Gerard Lopez to publish a statement from the soul-seeking club sooner than it promises. be a turbulent summer.

“It’s a failure,” he wrote. “Collective and personal. As president, I take my share of the responsibility. Like all of you, I am deeply upset by this demotion, which means we must think about the future differently. On this extremely sad day, my thoughts are with the fans, staff of the club, partners and all the lovers of the club. This season we have not been up to the task. There are many reasons why and how it happened. Changes are expected for next season, necessary changes that do not alter my ambitions as a leader. It will be difficult, but we must believe in a revival.”

Metz’s rout in Paris, as well as Saint-Etienne’s draw in Nantes, saw Les Grenats drop out of the top flight as well, despite having given them a chance of survival with recent results.

Saint-Etienne takes on Auxerre

That draw in Nantes gives Saint-Etienne 180 minutes to save their Ligue 1 status against Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre, who are aiming to return to the elite after defeating Paris FC and FC Sochaux Montbeliard in the second division playoffs. Pascal Dupraz’s men thanked club favorite Romain Hamouma for the equalizer against the Coupe de France champions, giving them hope of a postponement.

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