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  • May 16, 2015
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
  • Referee: F. Fautrel
  • • Attendance: 27930
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PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi celebrates a goal

Montpellier 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: PSG claims third straight Ligue 1 title

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi celebrates a goal

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A straightforward 2-1 victory at Montpellier saw Paris Saint-Germain successfully retain its standing as champion of France.

Paris Saint-Germain is Ligue 1 champion for a third consecutive season after Saturday's 2-1 win at Montpellier.

Needing only a point to retain the title, PSG – missing the suspended Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti as well as top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury – made no mistake with a professional performance at the Stade de la Mosson.

Blaise Matuidi put PSG ahead with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. Ezequiel Lavezzi then made it 2-0 after 25 minutes by powering into the bottom-right corner to leave PSG on the brink, with second-placed Lyon struggling at home to Bordeaux.

A howler from Salvatore Sirigu helped Anthony Mounier pull a goal back shortly before halftime, fraying the nerves somewhat for Laurent Blanc's men.

However, a Montpellier comeback never materialized as the capital club sealed the second trophy of a potential domestic treble at the home of the last side to hold the title before PSG's recent dominance.

Blanc's side appeared determined to be crowned champion in style and a bright start saw Lavezzi head wide before Edinson Cavani was also off target, having latched onto Hilton's ill-advised back pass.

But PSG finally opened the scoring in the 17th minute as Matuidi collected a superb pass from Adrien Rabiot and slotted into the bottom-right corner. Eight minutes later, Lavezzi swept Serge Aurier's right-wing delivery in at the near post to double the visitor's advantage and put the champagne on ice.

The celebratory mood was tempered somewhat as Montpellier was handed a lifeline after 40 minutes when Sirigu allowed Mounier's in-swinging cross to loop over his head.

Montpellier maintained the momentum from that goal and had the better of the second half but struggled to create clear-cut chances when in the ascendancy. Indeed, PSG's defense was rarely tested in the second 45 minutes, and Ligali came to Montpellier's aid again late on with a fine double save.

Pastore rattled the crossbar in injury time before the party mood was soured somewhat as the joyous visiting fans launched flares onto the pitch at the end of an encounter that caps another fine season of league dominance for PSG.

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