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Messi strikes as PSG win record 10th title

Lionel Messi has won his maiden trophy as a Paris Saint-Germain player, with a 1-1 draw against Lens enough to clinch a record-tying 10th Ligue 1 title for the capital club.

Messi’s fourth league goal of his debut season for PSG gave the hosts a second-half lead at the Parc des Princes before Lens substitute Corentin Jean equalised late in the game.

The result lifted 16 points clear of closest challengers Marseille, who have five games left and play at Reims on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG boss in January 2021, has guided them to an eighth league success in the past 10 campaigns in his first full season in charge and in doing so won the first league title of his managerial career.

For Messi it is his 11th league triumph, after 10 La Liga trophies with Barcelona.

The Argentina superstar controlled a pass from Neymar before curling home from the edge of the box in the 68th minute.

Lens defender Kevin Danso was sent off for his second yellow card on 57 minutes but Jean struck with a sliding effort in the 88th to level for the 10-man visitors.

The equaliser though did little to dull the celebrations in Paris.

PSG join Saint-Etienne and Marseille on a record 10 French top-flight titles with their glory years of 1986, 1994, 2013-16, 2018-2020 and 2022.

Meanwhile, Monaco climbed up to third place by thumping relegation-threatened Saint Etienne 4-1, with first-half goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland putting them in control.

Wahbi Khazri pulled one back for St Etienne before the break, but Timothee Kolodziejczak’s own goal and Myron Boadu sealed Monaco the win.

Eighth-placed Lyon hit five at home to beat Montpellier 5-2 with Houssem Aouar firing a second-half double.

Sepe Elye Wahi and Teji Savanier scored for Montpellier in first-half stoppage time to cancel out goals from Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Thiago Mendes before Aouar’s brace and a further effort from Karl Toko Ekambi.

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