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Nancy, Bastia relegated as curtain comes down on Ligue 1

IANS logoIANS 21-05-2017

A 3-1 home win against Saint-Etienne on Saturday was not sufficient for Nancy to remain in the top-flight league, as 18th-ranked Lorient bagged one point from a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux. Lorient were set to put up two-leg Ligue 1 playoffs with third-placed side Troyes of Ligue 2 later this month, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bastia were reduced to the bottom after losing 0-1 to Marseille, who got an automatic spot in next season's Europa League after finishing fifth on the table. Strasbourg and Amiens got promotion after finishing top two in Ligue 2 on Friday.

In his finale at Parc des Princes, 35-year-old Brazilian defender Maxwell wore the captain's armband for Paris Saint-Germain, who failed to defend the title after Monaco won midweek's rescheduled match against Saint Etienne.

Facing relegation-threatened Caen, PSG went ahead on 13 minutes on midfielder Adrien Rabiot, whose shot outside the penalty area beat goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre.

Edinson Cavani, Ligue 1 top scorer with 35 goals, failed to find the target as his header was cleared before the goalline early in the second half.

Ronny Rodelin missed a penalty in the 74th minute while making amends for that with a close-range shot in stoppage time.

After the game, an emotional Maxwell received home crowds' ovation for his contribution to the capital club during his five-year spell.

Monaco could not see a better way to celebrate their first league title since 2000 than a 3-2 road victory over Rennes, setting up a new record of 12 consecutive victories in a single season, overshadowing Bordeaux's 11 in 2008-2009. Their tally of 107 league goals was also a single-season record.

Top scorer Alexandre Lacazette finished a brace in Lyon's 3-3 draw with third-ranked Nice at home, which was his last match for the club after revealing his departure at the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Angers beat Montpellier 2-0, Guingamp edged past Metz 1-0, Lille crushed over Nantes 3-0, and Toulouse tied 0-0 with Dijon.

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