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PSG win, on verge of 10th Ligue 1 title

Paris Saint-Germain all but sealed a record-equalling 10th French league crown with five rounds to spare by winning 3-0 at Angers.

PSG are 15 points ahead of second-place Marseille with five rounds left in and have a vastly superior goal difference, but still need one point at home against Lens on Saturday to clinch the Ligue 1 title.

PSG are set to move level with Saint-Etienne, who won their 10th title in 1981 and are fighting to stay up this season. PSG only had two titles to Marseille’s nine when cash-rich Qatari owners QSI bought PSG in 2011.

Kylian Mbappe fired PSG ahead from the edge of the penalty area in the 28th minute on Wednesday after swapping passes with right back Achraf Hakimi.

Former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos headed in Angel Di Maria’s cross following a short corner just before the break, and captain Marquinhos headed in another fine pass from Di Maria in the 77th.

It looked like PSG would be able to start celebrating the title as Nantes led twice at Marseille. But Marseille rallied with Dimitri Payet netting two penalties and midfielder Amine Harit clinching a 3-2 win when he scored against his former club in the 75th.

Marseille strengthened their bid to finish second in the automatic Champions League spot as they now hold a six-point lead over Rennes and Strasbourg. Alsace-side Strasbourg beat Rennes 2-1 at home.

Fifth-place Monaco beat sixth-place Nice 1-0 in the race for the Champions League playoff spot, while there were also home wins for Lens, Brest, Reims and Lorient.

Clermont Foot were 1-0 victors at Troyes to improve their hopes of survival but a 2-2 draw between Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne did neither side much good in their battle to avoid the drop.

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