If ever there was a reason why people look at the Ligue 1 as a place suffering from dearth in competition at the top end, this was Exhibit A. This was a game between the league leaders and the champions, but it could have been top against bottom from the way it went.
Paris Saint-Germain had the league title in their sights, as they hosted Monaco, who denied them domestic glory last season. One win and PSG would be champions, but Monaco was going to be a tough test. Well it was supposed to be anyway, but it was only 14 minutes on the clock when Giovani Lo Celso put PSG in front. The hosts celebrations had barely died down when it began again, Edinson Cavani doubling PSG’s money only three minutes after Lo Celso scored.
The goals were coming thick and fast, three minutes later Angel Di Maria made it three, then Lo Celso added his second and a fourth for Les Parisiens. Monaco did manage to get on the score sheet, Marcos Lopes with a goal seven minutes before halftime, but by then they’d known they would be in for a rough night.
The second period was barely 13 minutes old when Di Maria added a fifth, his second as well. Julian Draxler added the gloss with four minutes left, but not before Monaco’s misery was summed up when their own forward in Radamel Falcao found the net at the wrong end. It finished 7-1 to the hosts, the league in the bag, but the scrutiny still unabating. This is why many see the Ligue 1 as an embodiment of a monopoly, this is why PSG won’t be considered formidable until they get far in Europe, and this is likely to be Unai Emery’s only league title at the club before a seemingly inevitable summer departure.
Elsewhere, Lyon remain in third place courtesy of a 3-0 win over Amiens, thanks to goals from Mariano Diaz, the in-form Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traore. Their lead over Marseille is still only on goal difference though, as L’OM required two goals in the final 15 minutes to win at Troyes.
Lille conceded twice in stoppage time to throw away a two-goal lead against Guingamp, Nolan Roux bagged a double as bottom club Metz won at fifth-placed Rennes, Nice and Nantes stumbled in their quest for European football, with respective draws at Angers and at home to Dijon, while St. Etienne got into European contention with a win at Strasbourg.
Caen’s home game against Toulouse was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Ligue 1 Results
PSG 7-1 Monaco
Lyon 3-0 Amiens
Lille 2-2 Guingamp
Troyes 2-3 Marseille
Nantes 1-1 Dijon
Angers 1-1 Nice
Strasbourg 0-1 St. Etienne
Rennes 1-2 Metz
Montpellier 1-3 Bordeaux