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Monaco All But Secure Ligue 1 Title

Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.

The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight league victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.

Monaco lead the reigning champions by three points — and have a game in hand against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday — ahead of next weekend’s final round of matches, but their vastly superior goal difference all but guarantees them an eighth French league crown.

“Before the match we needed four points. Now we need just one,” said Jardim, with the Portuguese leaving nothing to chance. “We’ll keep working hard until the end. On Wednesday we need to pick up the points to win the title.

“We had to be careful (against Lille) and we were. Paris scored five goals and aren’t giving up. I’m asking for one final effort on Wednesday.”

Falcao calmed any lingering nerves by handing Monaco the perfect start at the Stade Louis II when he headed in unmarked from Thomas Lemar’s left-wing cross after just six minutes.

Kylian Mbappe tormented the Lille defence as he wriggled past Franck Beria to set up Silva for a simple tap-in on the stroke of half-time, with the teenager teeing up Falcao for his second on 69 minutes.

Junior Alonso then turned a Lemar cross beyond Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan late on as Monaco put their midweek Champions League semi-final defeat to Juventus behind them in convincing fashion.

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Edinson Cavani climbed up to 35 league goals this term with a brace as PSG demolished Saint-Etienne, ending the hosts’ outside shot of qualifying for the Europa League.


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