AS Monaco crowned Ligue1 champions after 17 years

Monaco beat St. Etienne by two goals to wrap up the Ligue 1 for the first time since 2000 with a game to spare. It was only fitting that Kylan Mbappe, the hottest teenage sensation in football currently, scored in the 19th minute to kick start the title celebrations. Germain effectively signed off the game with a well taken goal to send Fontvielle into ruptures with a goal from the last kick. St. Etienne on their part did not make it easy for Monaco, as they tested Subasic with a dangerous early header. Mbappe’s effort in the other end was denied fantastically by Ruffier. But then Falcao’s through ball found Mbappe who was unstoppable and settled the ball into the back of the net. There were a few more chances for Falcao and Mbappe but Etienne held on and Pogba (Florentin, by the way) sent his header straight at Subasic. Etienne thought they had the equalizer when Veretout placed the ball past Subasic but Gilik was spot on to deny the effort.

Germain got another chance at 74th minute to settle the nerves but he steered Mbappe’s dangerous cross wide. But he was destined to be the one to seal the title by scoring deep into extra time to finish the game with a 2-0 score line as well as the Ligue 1 crown.

Beating the likes of PSG, Marseille, Lyon and Nice set the tone for Monaco on course for the title. Apart from fielding a young team that plays enthralling football, credit should be given to Jardim, who, in spite of losing the best stars over the years, guided the team to UCL semifinals, beating the likes of Tottenham, Man City and Dortmund  as well as clinched the title from supposedly superior PSG. Having already scored 104 goals with a goal difference of 75 goals, Monaco have been sensational going forward (they have scored 3 goals or more 19 times, yes a whopping 19 times!!!) and completely deserve the title. The future looks really bright if they do manage to retain their key players, and although a few players might stand out in the campaign, the entire squad deserves plaudit for this accomplishment.

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