F91 Dudelange have won their 11th title in Luxembourg since the turn of the millennium, climbing ahead of CS Fola Esch on the final day of the season by beating the defending champions 3-0.
The dominant side of recent years, Dudelange finished 2012/13 empty-handed and also let slip their place at summit on the penultimate matchday, when they went down 4-3 to FC Jeunesse Canach. A hat-trick from club top scorer Julien Jahier nonetheless hauled them to glory, as they saw off Fola Esch to finish two points clear.
Dudelange will now focus on completing a domestic double when they tackle FC Differdange 03 in the Luxembourger Cup final on Friday, their third-placed opponents having ended their own campaign by seeing off relegated Racing FC Union Lëtzebuerg 3-0.
"What happened today is incredible," said Jahier. "I've been facing criticism for three months. It's true that I haven't always been up to the task in minor games, but I've always met the challenge in big matches. We now have the cup and after that our holidays, and then we'll put together an insane team for next season."
"We fully deserve this title," added coach Pascal Carzaniga. "We had three main rivals all season. Differdange fell off the pace on 1 May and today we finished the job. We won twice against Fola and twice against Differdange – that says it all."
At the bottom, FC Swift Hesper were demoted to the second tier along with Union Lëtzebuerg after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of US Rumelange. FC RM Hamm Benfica lost their home match against FC Progrès Niedercorn 1-0 and will enter the relegation play-off.
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