THE MATCH: PARIS, IN SEVENTH HEAVEN!
Clinching the championship at home, against the title holder is already something special, but to do the way Paris did on Sunday night is simply priceless! The handing over of power was more than emphatic! Paris were walking on water very early in this match. At 21:14, the Parc was already on its feet as the capital club ripped the game open in six breath-taking minutes. After an initial round of observation, Lo Celso landed the first blow, knocking home an inch-perfect Dani Alves cross (1-0, 14')! Record-breaker El Matador then headed home the second (2-0, 17'). Two clinical goals were followed by a moment of inspiration as Di Maria, released by Cavani's wonderful pass, scooped the ball over Subasic (3-0, 20')! And it wasn't finished as Lo Celso headed home a fourth from a brilliant Pastore cross (4-0, 27'). The Argentinian international's first Ligue 1 double saw the capital club bring up a century of goals in the league this season!
Monaco fought back late in the first half and Rony Lopes pulled a goal back before the break (4-1, 38'). Four shots on target for four goals - it was a near-perfect opening period for Les Rouge et Bleu. After the restart, Areola denied Lopes again (50'), before Di Maria definitively killed off the visitors' hopes from Pastore's assist (5-1, 59')! El Fideo went close to his hat-trick with a clever backheel flick that came back off the post (61') before being denied by Subasic (74'). Replaced moments later, he received a standing ovation (75'), before watching from the bench as… Falcao netted an own goal from a corner (6-1, 77'). Draxler ended the recital with the final goal (7-1, 87'). Emery's men winning by knock-out and clinching the Ligue 1 title after just 33 matches this season!
THE MOMENT: CAVANI, ANOTHER RECORD!
Symbolically, he chose his moment perfectly. The night of the championship victory, in front of the Auteuil stand, Edi Cavani headed home his 113th Ligue 1 goal for Paris, equalling Ibra's record for the number of Ligue 1 goals scored in Rouge et Bleu. With his 25th goal of the Ligue 1 season, El Matador has written his name once again into the history books!
WHAT WE LEARNT:
Let's be clear: this 17th consecutive home win of the season in Ligue 1 was nothing short of a chef d’œuvre. With 87 points in the standings and 68 goals scored at home: nobody can compete. Monaco learnt that first hand this evening: trailing Paris by 17 points with just five matches left to play, the principality club relinquish their crown to Paris Saint-Germain. 1986, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018: a seventh title!