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Lille are Ligue 1 champions!

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Lille have been crowned Ligue 1 champions for the first time since 2011 on the final day of a memorable season.

Lille headed into Sunday evening’s last round of 2020/21 fixtures holding a one-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain at the summit and knowing that a win away at Angers would see them claim only a fourth French top-flight title.

And they got the three points they needed courtesy of first-half goals from highly-rated Canadian international Jonathan David and veteran striker Burak Yilmaz.

Angelo Fulgini did reduce the deficit for Angers in second-half stoppage time, but Lille – who finished fourth last season – held on to claim a crucial 2-1 victory and complete a remarkable story.

Rivals PSG needed to win at relegation-threatened Brest and hope that Lille did not beat Angers, though a 2-0 win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men sealed thanks to Kylian Mbappe – crowned Ligue 1 player of the year – and a Romain Faivre own goal was ultimately in vain.

PSG did seal second spot and automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stages, while the Parisians – beaten by Manchester City in the semi-finals of this year’s competition – did also avoid a rare trophy-less season last week by beating AS Monaco in the French Cup Final.

Monaco also still had a chance to win the Ligue 1 title on the final day, though would have needed to beat Lens and hope that Lille and PSG both lost, while also making up a goal difference deficit.

Congratulations to Lille for dethroning PSG.