Marseille were the big winners in Ligue 1’s topsy-turvy final day

Marseille finished second in the table behind PSG, while St-Étienne picked up the point they needed to stay aliveBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsCritics of Ligue 1 will deride this season as another procession to the title for Paris Saint-Germain, whose rivals were unable to sustain, or even mount, a challenge for the top spot. However, the final weekend of the season was a near-perfect microcosm of what has been a thrilling campaign up and down the table. A breathless evening of action on Saturday produced 37 goals scored across France, including 10 in the final quarter of an hour as both European spots and safety changed hands several times.The focus of the evening was on Marseille, where the hosts – who had looked sluggish in losing to Rennes last weekend – were in danger of falling out of Champions League contention thanks to the form of Monaco. Marseille would need a win and help from Lens to pip the Principality side to second place and automatic qualification, while needing at least a point to stay above Rennes owing to the Bretons’ superior goal difference.

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