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Berbatov shines as Monaco delay Paris party

Published: Saturday 26 April 2014, 22.00CET
Dimitar Berbatov shone, scoring twice as AS Monaco FC dispatched AC Ajaccio 4-1 to keep Paris Saint-Germain waiting for the Ligue 1 title – at least until Sunday.

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Published: Saturday 26 April 2014, 22.00CET

Berbatov shines as Monaco delay Paris party

Dimitar Berbatov shone, scoring twice as AS Monaco FC dispatched AC Ajaccio 4-1 to keep Paris Saint-Germain waiting for the Ligue 1 title – at least until Sunday.

Dimitar Berbatov maintained his sparkling form, scoring twice as AS Monaco FC triumphed 4-1 at AC Ajaccio.

Had Claudio Ranieri's side suffered defeat in Corsica, Paris Saint-Germain would have been crowned Ligue 1 champions. Led by Berbatov, however, Monaco produced a result that means Paris must win at relegation-threatened FC Sochaux-Montbélliard on Sunday to secure the title this weekend.

The Bulgarian striker produced a close-range header and a trademark cool finish for his seventh and eighth goals since joining the club in January, before quick counters brought late strikes for Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lucas Ocampos. Gadji Tallo pulled one back for the bottom-placed hosts.

With a seven-point cushion, Paris are unlikely to be denied a second successive Ligue 1 crown, though having moved 11 points clear in second, this win all but confirms Monaco as runners-up. Automatic qualification to next season's UEFA Champions League group stage edges closer.

In the pick of the day's other games, Benjamin Corgnet and Loïc Perrin both struck inside the first 15 minutes as AS Saint-Étienne beat Évian Thonon Gaillard FC 2-1 for a five-point lead in fourth, a defeat that leaves Évian 17th, themselves five points above the danger zone.

Joining Évian on 38 points are EA Guingamp, who narrowly prevailed at home against Valenciennes FC courtesy of Claudio Beauvue's decisive header. Valenciennes are nine points adrift of safety with three games left.

On Friday, Serge Gakpé cancelled out Florian Thauvin's opener as OGC Nice held Olympique de Marseille. Sixth-placed OM are two points shy of a UEFA Europa League berth.

Last updated: 27/04/14 0.27CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 26/04/2014 21:55 CET

26/04/2014

ÉvianÉvian1-2St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne

Wass 53

Corgnet 7, Perrin 15

Venue: Annecy

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GuingampGuingamp1-0ValenciennesValenciennes

Beauvue 61

Venue: Guingamp

26/04/2014

MontpellierMontpellier2-1ToulouseToulouse

Aït-Fana 79, Cabella 83 (P)

Trejo 5

Venue: Montpellier

26/04/2014

NiceNice1-0ReimsReims

Eysseric 50

Venue: Nice

26/04/2014

RennesRennes1-1LorientLorient

Ntep de Madiba 73

Traoré 17

Venue: Rennes

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AjaccioAjaccio1-4MonacoMonaco

Tallo 75

Berbatov 52, 74, Kondogbia 87, Ocampos 90+2

Venue: Ajaccio

25/04/2014

NantesNantes1-1MarseilleMarseille

Gakpe 64

Thauvin 30

Venue: Nantes

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