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Paris Saint-Germain win, Brest seal Champions League spot

PSG rested several key players including Kylian Mbappe ahead of the French Cup final on Saturday against Olympique Lyonnais

Reuters Metz (France) Published 21.05.24, 11:28 AM
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Champions Paris Saint-Germain ended their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-0 win at Metz on Sunday, while Brest won 3-0 to capture the third Champions League spot and Lille finished fourth after being held 2-2 by Nice who scored a stoppage-time equaliser.

The capital club ended the season with 76 points, nine ahead of AS Monaco in second place. Metz avoided relegation by the slimmest of margins ahead of Lorient and finished in 16th place. Lorient join bottom side Clermont Foot in the drop to Ligue 2.

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PSG rested several key players including Kylian Mbappe ahead of the French Cup final on Saturday against Olympique Lyonnais.

Brest’s Kenny Lala scored a late goal after efforts from Madi Camara and Jordan Amavi to earn victory at Toulouse, with the club ending the campaign in third place with 61 points.

Sorloth’s four

Villarreal forward Alexander Sorloth struck four times in 17 minutes to help his side fight back and snatch a 4-4 home draw against champions Real Madrid on Sunday as the Norway international became La Liga’s top scorer.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, crowned champions a fortnight ago, could have reached 99 points for the season, one shy of their 2011-12 record but will now fall short, as they sit on 94 ahead of their final league game against Real Betis.

“The target was not the points because we don’t need them, the target was to play a good game with rhythm, intensity, avoiding injuries. Everything went perfectly,” Ancelotti, whose side face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on June 1, said.

“I’m not worried ahead of the Champions League final, this was an open game. Maybe we conceded more goals than necessary but that’s okay, it doesn’t change anything about what the final has to be. In attack we
played well.”

Elsewhere, Real Sociedad clinched the last Europa League spot with a 2-0 win at Betis.

Inter draw

Serie A champions Inter Milan snatched a 1-1 home draw against Europa League qualifying hopefuls Lazio with a late header from Denzel Dumfries on Sunday, while AS Roma secured sixth place after a Romelu Lukaku header gave them a 1-0 win against Genoa.

Inter have 93 points, while Lazio are in seventh place with 60 points. Roma, with 63 points, are guaranteed at least a Europa League spot next season.

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