As a result, PSG scored 85 points, four points ahead of RC Lens, who secured second place and a place in next season’s Champions League – the first for St. Or in 21 years – with a 3-0 win over AC Ajaccio at the seething Bollaert-Delelis stadium.
It wasn’t perfect, but this title belongs to the players. Being French champion is always something, said coach Christophe Galtier.
From a personal point of view, I really appreciate it.
Asked about his future at the club after one season at the helm, Galtier said: I read a lot here and there, but there’s a difference between what’s written and what actually happens.
Olympique Marseille finishes third with 73 points after a 2-1 home loss to Stade Brestois.
Lille is in fourth place with 66 points after a pair of Jonathan David penalties helped them to a 2-1 home win over relegation-threatened Nantes.
Stade Rennes jumped Monaco into fifth place thanks to a 2-0 win over the principality, which is behind on goal difference with 65 points, leaving the battle for a place in the Europa League to be decided in the last round of matches.
The fourth-place team will qualify for the Europa League group stage, where it will meet French Cup holders Toulouse.
In Strasbourg, PSG disappointed as usual, until Messi opened the scoring with a right-footed shot into the top corner after Mbappe’s pass in the penalty area.
Strasbourg had chances, but they didn’t capitalize on them, securing their place in the elite next season.
Troyes, Ajaccio and Angers have already been eliminated from Ligue 2 and will be joined by either Auxerre or Nantes.
Nantes is two points behind Burgundy and will host Angers, while Auxerre will host Lens.
Lens won a trip to Europe’s best club tournament when Lois Openda became the club’s top scorer in the top flight with 20 goals, equaling Roger Boly, who reached that figure in the 1993-94 season.
Openda scored his third goal from the penalty spot after Deiver Machado and Adrien Tomasson gave the hosts the lead in the first half.
It puts me among the club’s legends, I’m so happy, said Belgian forward Openda. We did it all together, we were so strong at home this season, said Lens defender Kevin Dan.so.
Ronaldo arrived in Riyadh in January after being released from his contract with clhe English Premier League club Manchester United had to settle for second place in the 16-team Saudi Arabian League. Al-Nasr’s 1-1 draw with Ettifaq meant that Al-Ittihad’s 3-0 victory over Al-Feiha gave the team from Jeddah a five-point lead with one game remaining and its first league title since 2009.
Al Nassr dominated the eastern city of Dammam, but fell behind just before halftime when Youssef Niakate scored for Ettifaq from close range. After 56 minutes, Al-Nassr evened the score with a strike from former Bayern midfielder Luis Gustavo.
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 16 league games since his debut in January, but this time he failed to score, and Gustavo’s second-half strike was cancelled out due to offside 10 minutes into the match.
Al-Ittihad won easily thanks to two goals from Brazilian forward Romarinho and a strike from Ahmed Sharahili in the third minute. The team, led by former Wolverhampton and Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo, won its ninth league title.
I want to thank the players and fans for their support this season, everyone has worked very hard from the start, Santo said. The early goal was very important, and after we scored, we calmed down.
Defending champion Al Hilal moved up to third place with a 3-0 win over Abha.
Dortmund, which led by two points before the last round, lost 2-2 at home to Mainz on Saturday, giving Bayern first place thanks to a better goal difference.
Dortmund needed a win to end Bayern’s 10-year championship run.
This is only the third time Bayern has been able to reach the top spot on the last day of the season: it beat Werder Bremen in 1986 and Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.
Dortmund fans were celebrating when Cologne’s Dejan Ljubicicic scored a penalty in the 81st minute against Bayern, which needed the win, but Musiala came on as a substitute four minutes later and scored four minutes later to send the title to Bayern.
Dortmund started the match on the plus side, but Sebastian Haller converted a penalty in the first half after Andreas Hanche-Olsen stunned the home fans by scoring against Mainz in the 15th minute.
Karim Onisivo then scored Mainz’s second goal in the 24th minute with another header, and the visitors looked capable ofThe team was able to score even more against the error-prone Dortmund defense. For Mainz, only pride was at stake.
Rafael Guerreiro scored in the 69th minute, but it was too late for the Black-Yellows when Nicklas Sule equalized in the sixth minute of the penalty shootout.
Roni Khedira led Union Berlin to the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen. Union finished fourth, ahead of Freiburg, which lost 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Schalke was relegated after a 4-2 loss to Leipzig, and Stuttgart will compete in the relegation/upgrade playoffs with the team that finishes third in the second division. Stuttgart played to a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.
Bochum secured its survival with a 3-0 win over Bayer, the 10th team from Leverkusen.
First, Chhetri hasn’t started 11 of FC Bengaluru’s last 12 games in the ISL. Second, he hasn’t scored a goal for the Indian national team since June 2022. Third, with the caveat that rest and recovery are equally important, the Indian national team captain is convinced that by playing more, you get better.
So when asked how he prepares to play almost every three days in Indian summer conditions, the 38-year-old Chhetri said the following: With a big smile. What happens when we play for our clubs, the manner of play changes a little bit. Four foreigners are an integral part of every team, so you have to adapt in the national team.
It took Lallianzuala Chhante and Bipin Singh 18-20 games and the Durand Cup to achieve the kind of camaraderie they had with Ahmed Jakhuh, Apuya (Lalenmavia Ralte), Jorge Diaz and Craig Stewart at Mumbai City FC, Chhetri said. He said more training and more games would help the national team, in which some players such as Nandhakumar Sekar are newcomers, understand each other and get rid of mistakes.
India will play Mongolia, Vanuatu and Lebanon in the Intercontinental Cup (June 9-18) and in a group with Kuwait, Nepal and Pakistan in the SAFF championship (June 21-July 4). We don’t know much about Vanuatu and Mongolia, so it will be a good test, Chhetri said. But the games against Lebanon and Kuwait will help India prepare for the Asia Cup match against Syria, he said.
India is in Group B along with Australia, Syria and Uzbekistan in next January’s Asian Cup, which is the highest international competition on the continentnte. It seems a little more difficult than last time, but we always knew the Asian Cup would be difficult, Chhetri said at a virtual press conference on Saturday.
In 2019, India is in a group with Thailand, the UAE and Bahrain. India beat Thailand 4-1, lost 0-2 to the UAE and, needing a draw to advance to the Round of 16, lost 0-1 to Bahrain on penalties in regulation time.
We had some good performances, but in some moments we were not very good, especially in the second half against Bahrain. We are thinking about being as difficult an opponent as possible. Many teams that are outsiders have shown us, one name that comes to mind is Morocco, that if you are organized, you can create difficulties for other teams. That is our main goal.
In 2011, returning to elite Asian soccer after 27 years, India found themselves in a group with Australia, South Korea and Bahrain. Chhetri is India’s only link between the three editions.Excitement and pride are constant, he said. What has changed is, I think, more confidence, more knowledge.
Chhetri didn’t just speak for himself. He said the team that goes to Qatar next January will have more information about the teams and more knowledge about the competition than the 2019 team and certainly the 2011 team.
Chhtery said he welcomes the ban on imports in the state leagues, but it’s a catch-22 when it comes to following Stimack’s suggestion that only Indians should be considered for the center forward position. Sivasakti Narayanan, whom Chhetri said he is sure India will be hearing a lot about in the next few months, had a breakout season because Bengaluru FC trusted him, he said.
Roy Krishna and Sunil Chhetri missed games, and in all those games Sivasakti was in the starting lineup. I know it’s an anomaly, but if you perform well, the club won’t care if you are a foreign national. Because the club wants to win. The goals will only come if you play, but Indian strikers will also have to work a little harder (as opposed to, say, goalkeeper, defenders or wingers) because they are competing with foreigners. But the club will also have to trust them. Simon (Grayson, coach of Bengaluru FC) did that, and look what we got.
As India prepares for its trailThe captain turned to the virtual press conference convened in the evening for his next assignment, the Intercontinental Cup. It was an exciting and beautiful day in Calcutta, Kolkata. Now we need to make sure that we have justified all the hard work we have done, Chhetri noted on Saturday.
Although India will play in the Intercontinental Cup and then in the SAFF championship, the focus remains on the continental tournament next January and February in Qatar.
India, ranked 101 in the latest FIFA rankings, will face a major test at the Asian Cup in Qatar. The team plays in the same club as Australia, Syria and Uzbekistan, all ranked much higher than India.
Chhetri also admits this, but hopes to draw inspiration from Morocco’s outsiders, who stunned Belgium, Spain and Portugal by reaching the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup.
At first glance, it’s a little more complicated than what it was last time. The Asian Cup is always going to be difficult. Even when we faced Thailand, the UAE and Bahrain last time, it was difficult. In some matches we performed well, in some moments we weren’t as good, especially in the second half against Bahrain. And getting ahead of ourselves, I will say that setting some huge goals for ourselves or the team would not be ideal. We try to do our best to be as difficult an opponent as possible and show our best side.
In modern soccer there are many teams that are outsiders, showed us. One name that comes to my mind is Morocco. And if you are a good team, you can make it hard for other teams to play against you. And that is our first and foremost goal. On paper, it looks a little harder than it did last time, Chhetri said.
Haaland, 22, has scored 36 goals in 35 games this season, breaking Andy Cole and Alan Shearer’s previous record of 34 goals in one Premier League campaign, which stood for nearly three decades.
The Norwegian was voted the best player of the season by the public, the captains of 20 Premier League clubs and a panel of soccer experts.
City players have won the award for four consecutive seasons, with Kevin De Bruyne receiving the honor in 2019-20 and 2021-22 and Ruben Dias in 2020-21.
Haaland withstood competition from De Bruyne, Arsenal players Bucayo Sac and Martin Odegaard, MarkThe first two are the two players to be on the ball, and the other is Manchester United’s Sas Rashford, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, and Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier.
He was also named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year with a record 82% of the vote.
Haaland will have a chance to add to his Premier League record on Sunday when City visit Brentford in the last game of the season.