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Ligue 1: PSG win title after crushing defending champs Monaco 7-1

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PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain won the French league title after beating defending champion Monaco 7-1 on Sunday, with the crushing victory highlighting the obvious gulf between the two teams this season.

Monaco meekly surrendered the title that it had won so impressively last season, doing little to prolong the suspense. It was losing 4-0 after 28 minutes as PSG easily did enough for a fifth title in six seasons and a seventh overall. PSG leads second-place Monaco by 17 points with five rounds remaining.

Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and winger Angel Di Maria scored two goals each, while league top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 25th of the season.

PSG captain Thiago Silva’s header went in off Radamel Falcao — Monaco’s top scorer — for PSG’s sixth goal before Germany winger Julian Draxler netted the seventh.

VIDEO: PSG slumps to lucky draw after Cavani misses sitter

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Paris Saint-Germain has very, very little to play for. They’re waltzing to the Ligue 1 title, already 17 points clear with seven matches left. They’re out of the Champions League, have already lifted the Coupe de la Ligue, and are into the semifinals of the Coupe de France.

So, it’s understandable that occasionally they’ll slip up, and they did that on Friday in predictable fashion. St. Etienne scored 17 minutes in after the PSG back line was beaten horribly by a simple cross. 22-year-old central defender Presnel Kimpembe picked up a pair of yellow cards in an 11-minute span before halftime, leaving PSG with 10 men. And even when down and looking to draw level, PSG was matched note for note by the home side at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

The worst moment of the game came in the 76th minute as Edinson Cavani returned to his roots by missing an absolute sitter. On the break, a brilliant pass threaded Angel Di Maria through behind the St. Etienne defense. He laid off to Cavani streaking beside him on the two-on-one, and Cavani had a wide open goal to shoot at…

Oh Edinson. Never change.

PSG eventually secured a draw thanks to an absolutely tragic stoppage-time own-goal by Mathieu Debuchy, who appeared to suffer a glitch in the system as a cross came in from Thomas Munier and met the head of Kylian Mbappe. His flick missed, but it clattered the chest of a frozen Debuchy, and deflected straight into the back of the net.

PSG players might want to get their act together, for no other reason than the World Cup is approaching, and club form is always a major factor in determining international squads and helping players enter the competition on a roll.

PSG beat Monaco to claim 5th straight French League Cup

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PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain won the French League Cup for a fifth straight time, reasserting its dominance on the domestic stage by beating Monaco 3-0 in the final on Saturday.

Edinson Cavani scored a brace and Kylian Mbappe was the man of the match for his involvement in all three goals.

Mbappe was a constant threat at Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux with his penetration and pace. The France striker won the penalty converted by Cavani in the first half, set up Angel Di Maria with a splendid pass, and assisted Cavani for the Uruguay striker’s second.

Cavani’s goals were his 34th and 35th in all competitions.

“I’ve always said that I want to be decisive, and I did it,” Mbappe said. “But what really matters is the collective performance.”

PSG, which relinquished its French league crown to Monaco last season but routed the Principality side 4-1 in last year’s League Cup final, claimed a record-extending eighth title in the competition.

PSG is unbeaten in 40 domestic cup matches, since January 2014 when it lost to Montpellier 2-1 in the French Cup.

After a minute of applause for the victims of a deadly attack in southern France last week, PSG immediately took control of the ball.

Mbappe created havoc in the Monaco defense with a series of dribbles in front of the area and won a penalty when he was fouled by Kamil Glik. Cavani took the spot kick and beat Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

PSG deservedly doubled its lead at the conclusion of a quick counterattack after Mbappe delivered a superb through pass for Di Maria on the left side. The Argentine winger collected the ball on the edge of the box and scored at the near post with a low shot.

As the tempo rose, Radamel Falcao thought he scored in the first half when he took advantage of a botched clearance attempt from PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to head the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Trapp was decisive before the interval with saves off a shot from Lopes and a rebound effort from Thomas Lemar.

Cavani, PSG’s all-time top scorer, sealed the win when he wrong-footed Subasic with a low shot.

With a massive 17-point lead over Monaco at the top of the French league, PSG is aiming for another domestic treble to ease the pain of another early European exit. With the French title all but secured, Unai Emery side’s next goal will be to reach the French Cup final.

Cavani goal leads Uruguay past Wales in China Cup Final

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Uruguay continued its warm-up for this summer’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Wales in the China Cup Final on Monday.

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Edinson Cavani was the goal scorer, following up his audacious semifinal overhead goal. It was the striker’s 100th cap and 42nd goal, with four coming in his last five appearances for La Celeste.

Uruguay is a sneaky side to watch in Russia, with Cavani joining Luis Suarez to form a very potent strike force.

The South American side was eliminated by CONMEBOL mates Colombia in the Round of 16 at the last World Cup, and lost 3-2 to Netherlands in the 2010 semifinal en route to another 3-2 loss to Germany in the third place match.

Led by coach Oscar Tabarez since 2006, Uruguay has a winnable World Cup Group A with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Group A’s winner and runner-up will be drawn against the opposite from Group B, likely Portugal and Spain.

Real tops Neymar-less PSG; Liverpool advances

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There were no surprises as the UEFA Champions League minted its first two quarter finalists of the 2017-18 season.

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Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 (2-5 agg.) Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the ninth-straight UEFA Champions League match as Real Madrid drew Neymar-less Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

The tie entered its second leg with Real holding a 3-1 advantage but PSG carrying an away goal.

Ronaldo leveled that in the second half, leaping at the back post to head home work from Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

Marco Verratti was sent off with a second yellow card, but incredibly that’s when PSG started to impress.

Edinson Cavani got the last touch on a pinballed goal in the 71st minute to open a window of hope for the hosts, but Casemiro finished off a play started by Vazquez to ice the tie.

Zinedine Zidane’s philosophy wasn’t quite parking the bus as it was playing for the counter, and that got the job done as Real took another step toward becoming the first three-peat European Cup winner since Bayern Munich in 1976.

Liverpool 0-0 (0-5 agg.) Porto

Over in Liverpool, there wasn’t a ton to admire about the Reds’ second leg with Porto.

Up 5-0 with all those goals counting as away markers, Liverpool didn’t need to trouble Porto’s back line and did not in the first half.

Iker Casillas made a fin save in the 88th minute on a Danny Ings‘ header of a Mohamed Salah cross.

The Reds had 65 percent of the ball, and outshot Porto 10-8.