PARIS (AP) Monaco let Paris Saint-Germain run away with the title by losing 1-0 at struggling Evian in the French league on Saturday.
Evian defender Cedric Mongongu converted a penalty in the 84th minute after Monaco centerback Ricardo Carvalho blocked a goal attempt from Cedric Barbosa with his hand.
PSG edged Nice 1-0 on Friday to extend its lead over second-place Monaco to 13 points with just seven rounds left.
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”Did we lose the title today? No. For me, it was over at the start of the season,” Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri told a news conference, implicitly referring to PSG’s better squad.
Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez wasted a good chance in the 50th. Clean through on goal, Rodriguez pounced on a low pass from Valere Germain but missed the target from six yards.
Evian remained in 17th place but moved five points clear of the relegation zone. Despite a rough season, Evian is no stranger to such feats as it also beat PSG 2-0 in December.
Elsewhere, Marseille was dealt a hard blow to its hopes for a European spot with a 1-1 draw at relegation-embattled Sochaux.
Sochaux centerback Stoppila Sunzu opened the scoring by heading home a corner from Sebastien Roudet in the 25th minute. Marseille centerback Nicolas Nkoulou equalized in the last minute with a header off a poor clearance from the Sochaux defense.
”One point is not enough, but I’ll take it because it’s better than zero,” Marseille coach Jose Anigo told a news conference. ”There’s no shame in coming away with a point from Sochaux, which is fighting relegation and is a team hard to play.”
Marseille remained sixth in the league, one point clear of Reims which drew 1-1 with Lorient.
Reims winger Odair Fortes fired home a powerful strike to level in the 49th after striker Vincent Aboubakar scored his 13th league goal with a penalty to give Lorient the lead on the stroke of halftime.
Toulouse drew 2-2 with bottom-side Ajaccio to stay level on points with Reims.
Ajaccio led 2-0 with goals from midfielder Ricardo Faty in the fourth and striker Gadji Tallo in the 33rd. But Toulouse rallied with a close-range effort from leftback Issiaga Sylla in the 37th and a diagonal strike from midfielder Clement Chantome in the 61st.
Valenciennes lost ground in the battle for safety by splitting the points with Montpellier in a goalless draw. Bordeaux also drew 0-0 with Nantes.
On Sunday, third-place Lille hosts Guingamp, Saint-Etienne visits Lyon and Rennes faces Bastia.