Monaco holds off Lorient to claim third place

Lorient, France ( - Monaco locked up the final Champions League place in Ligue 1 on Saturday as a goal from Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco was enough for a 1-0 victory at Lorient.

Monaco came into the match needing three points to ensure their place in the Champions League next season. And after Ferreira-Carrasco put them in front in the 20th minute, Anthony Martial squandered a chance to double the lead when he failed to convert from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Lorient suffered their first defeat in five games, but the late-season surge was enough for the club to finish six points above the relegation places.

Bernardo Silva was the architect of the lone goal in the 20th minute when his clever pass picked out Ferreira-Carrasco and he fired a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.

Layvin Kurzawa had a header cleared off the goal line by Lorient's Yann Jouffre late in the first half, and Monaco had another good opportunity shortly after the restart when Lamine Kone handled the ball inside his own penalty area, allowing Martial to step to the spot.

His effort was nicely saved by Lecomte to keep Lorient within a goal, but the home side's best chance at an equalizer came when Mehdi Mostefa fired wide of the net from close range.

Champions PSG closed out the season with a 3-2 win over Reims behind two goals from Edinson Cavani, while second-place Lyon edged Rennes, 1-0, with a goal from Clinton Njie in the 87th minute.

Marseille was hoping for a slip from Monaco to sneak into the top three, but the club's 3-0 victory over Bastia wasn't enough and it means a fourth-place finish for the team.

St Etienne got a goal in each half from Max-Alain Gradel in a 2-1 win over Guingamp, Diego Rolan's first-half brace helped Bordeaux down Montpellier, 2-1, Caen topped Evian, 3-2, with two goals from Herve Bazile, Lens edged Nantes, 1-0, as Pablo Chavarria scored in the fourth minute, Lille toppled Metz, 4-1, with a brace from Nolan Roux, while Nice jumped out to a three-goal lead before holding on for a 3-2 triumph over Toulouse.