Ligue 1: Marseille get Champions League football, Bordeaux and Metz are eliminated on the last matchday

When Paris Saint-Germain were cCelebrating Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension and a 5-0 win over FC Metz at the Parc des Princes, Ligue 1 delivered a dose of final-day drama in the rest of France. Olympique de Marseille, Stade Rennais, Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Saint-Etienne and Metz themselves all had plenty to offer in the final round and Le Championnat did not disappoint with plenty of late drama.

We look at the last tremor.

Marseille in second place

A 4-0 win over RC Strasbourg Alsace sees OM back in the UEFA Champions League next season, with Gerson scoring twice, while Cengiz Under and Cedric Bakambu also ensured Jorge Sampaoli’s men did nothing left. It was a blow to Julian Stephan’s impressive racing team, who fell agonizingly short of Europe at the last moment, but the win sparked cheers in OM owner Frank McCourt’s camp.

Third for Monaco

There was drama late in Lens as AS Monaco were held to a 2-2 draw after Ignatius Ganago’s late equalizer for the hosts, meaning Marseille secured second place, two points adrift. Like Strasbourg, RC Lens were European hopes late in the season but a brave performance from Franck Haise’s impressive side saw them narrowly miss out on continental qualification.

After the game, Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev said: “The cruel scenario of this last game must not make us forget the last episodes of the struggle we fought in Ligue 1. At the end of a season marked by ups and downs, I would like to remind ourselves of the fighting spirit of the players and the coaching staff, who went through difficult periods but didn’t give up, instead having an excellent unbeaten run and for his A performance that has been rewarded with seventh place has been a podium finish since AS Monaco returned to Ligue 1 nine years ago.”

Rennes is fourth

Strasbourg ended three points behind Bruno Genesio’s Rennes after the Breton side twice fended off Timothy Weah-inspired Lille OSC to earn a 2-2 draw with the deposed champions. The USMNT star put LOSC ahead twice, only for Benjamin Bourigeaud, who equalized once, and then ex-Dogue Sehrou Guirassy to salvage the crucial point on death, ensuring a finish over OGC Nice, who somehow settled from a 2-0 deficit at the Stade de Reims fought back to win 3-2 thanks to a seven-minute hat-trick by Andy Delort.

Lyon misses Europe

Although it was settled before the final matchday, Lyon, who are missing out on Europe, are continuing their recent decline after a Champions League semi-final appearance just two years ago. A 2-1 away win at Clermont Foot 63 counted for little and Peter Bosz’s side must now adapt to come back stronger next season.

Bordeaux and Metz perish

Bordeaux’s relegation was all but decided before the final round of play, despite a 4-2 away win at the Stade Brestois 29 that prompted villainous owner Gerard Lopez to release a thoughtful club statement ahead of a tumultuous summer.

“It’s a failure,” he wrote. “Together and personally. As President, I accept my share of the responsibility. Like all of you, I am deeply saddened by this relegation, which means we need to think differently about the future. On this extremely sad day, my thoughts are with the fans, club employees , partners and all lovers of the club. This season we were not up to the task. There are many reasons why and how it happened. Changes are expected for next season, necessary changes that will not change my ambitions as a leader. It It’s going to be difficult, but we have to believe in revival.”

Metz’s win in Paris, as well as Saint-Etienne’s draw in Nantes, meant Les Grenats also fell out of the top light, despite giving themselves a chance to survive with recent results.

Saint-Étienne meets Auxerre

That clash in Nantes gives Saint-Etienne 180 minutes to salvage its Ligue 1 status against AJ Auxerre from Ligue 2, who are making a return of their own accord after beating Paris FC and FC Sochaux Montbéliard in the second tier play-offs aspire to the elite. Pascal Dupraz’s side owed club favorite Romain Hamouma an away equalizer against the Coupe de France champions, giving them hope of some respite. Ligue 1: Marseille get Champions League football, Bordeaux and Metz are eliminated on the last matchday

Justin Scacco

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