PSG clinches Ligue 1 crown

Montpellier, France ( - PSG clinched a third straight Ligue 1 title on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Montpellier to lift the trophy with one game to spare.

The capital club needed only a point from Saturday's match to be crowned champions, and goals from Blaise Matuidi and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the opening 25 minutes put the visitors well on their way.

Anthony Mounier pulled a goal back for the home side before halftime, but Laurent Blanc's men held out for all three points, moving them eight points above second-place Lyon, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Bordeaux on Saturday.

Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani both wasted early chances as PSG came out with plenty of attacking intent.

But Matuidi opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he latched on to a nice through ball from Adrien Rabiot before curling a shot past goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali.

The Montpellier netminder was picking the ball out of his net again in the 25th when a low cross from Serge Aurier was just beyond Cavani but found the foot of Lavezzi, allowing the Argentine to hammer home a second goal for the visitors.

PSG was in total control as the game approached halftime, but Montpellier managed to cut the deficit in half when an attempted cross from Mounier flew over the head of goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and into the net.

The hosts tried to equalize after the break, but PSG held them out and nearly added to the lead late in the game when Lucas Moura squandered a good chance, while Javier Pastore struck the post.

Monaco maintained its hold on third place with a 2-0 win over relegated Metz thanks to goals from Bernardo Silva and Valere Germain, while Marseille stayed within two points of third place by hammering Lille, 4-0.

Evian was assured of being relegated following a 2-1 defeat against St Etienne, which got a pair of goals from Max-Alain Gradel, while Caen and Bastia traded goals in the opening 15 minutes of a 1-1 draw.

Guingamp downed Toulouse, 2-1, Nantes and Lorient played to a 1-1 draw, Nice topped Lens, 2-1, with a goal from Didier Digard in the 77th minute, while Reims used a 59th-minute penalty kick from Gaetan Charbonnier to knock off Rennes, 1-0.