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French Ligue 1

Stade Louis II (ATT 7,683) 7th May 2014 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: S Lannoy

Monaco Monaco vs Guingamp Guingamp

Monaco 1

D Berbatov (77)

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Guingamp 1

F Atik (85)
M Diallo (S/O 88)

Monaco held at home

Last Updated: 07/05/14 8:39pm

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Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov challenges Dorian Leveque

Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov challenges Dorian Leveque

Paris St Germain claimed their second successive Ligue 1 title without having to kick a ball after Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw at home by lowly Guingamp.

PSG will go into their game with Rennes at the Parc des Princes later on Wednesday evening as champions once again thanks to Fatik Atik's 86th-minute equaliser at the Stade Louis II, which came soon after Dimitar Berbatov had fired second-placed Monaco ahead.

Guingamp lost Moustapha Diallo to a red card late on but Monaco could not find the winner they needed to keep the title race going for at least a while longer.

Claudio Ranieri's men came into the match eight points behind PSG with only three games to go and knowing anything other than victory would see them concede the league.

And they were left frustrated by Guingamp, who made life tough for their hosts from the off and almost took a surprise lead after 20 minutes through Mustapha Yatabare, who just failed to make good contact with a header from Claudio Beauvue's cross.

Despite Monaco seeing most of the ball, neither keeper had anything to do as the half-hour mark came and went, and it was visitors who came close again just before the break.

They hit Ranieri's team on the counter and the ball eventually fell to Thibault Giresse, who escaped into the left of the area but his drilled effort was punched clear by the diving Danijel Subasic.

Following the first shot on target, the game sprung into life and Guingamp went close once again with Subasic diving to keep out Lionel Mathis' stinging 20-yard strike before Berbatov headed over from close range at the other end shortly before the half-time whistle.

Monaco were incensed soon after the restart when Andrea Raggi burst into the area before going down under a clumsy challenge from Christophe Kerbrat, only for experienced referee Stephane Lannoy to wave play on with Berbatov seeing his resulting shot blocked.

The hosts continued to look for that elusive opener and Jeremy Toulalan went close in stunning fashion after Joao Moutinho's corner found the former Lyon man on the edge of the box, his first-time volley flying millimetres wide of the top left corner.

Monaco's second-half efforts finally paid off when, with just 13 minutes left on the clock, Berbatov made the breakthrough.

Nabil Dirar's powerful attacking run got him to the right byline and the Morocco international's chipped cross found the former Manchester United hitman who powered a header beyond Mamadou Samassa.

With Monaco seemingly comfortable the visitors stunned Ranieri's men with just six minutes left when Atik stabbed home Yatabare's knock down to level the scores.

Guingamp were forced to see out the final few minutes when Diallo was shown a straight red for a nasty-looking challenge on Toulalan but Jocelyn Gourvennec's side held on to hand PSG the title.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 11 25
2 Paris St Germain 11 21
3 Lyon 11 20
4 St Etienne 11 20
5 Nantes 11 19
6 Bordeaux 11 18
7 Nice 11 17
8 Monaco 11 17
9 Rennes 11 15
10 Metz 11 15
11 Lille 11 15
12 Toulouse 11 14
13 Montpellier 11 14
14 Reims 11 14
15 Caen 11 12
16 RC Lens 11 11
17 Lorient 11 10
18 Bastia 11 10
19 Evian Thonon Gaillar 11 10
20 Guingamp 11 9