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Strasbourg 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Messi strikes as PSG claim 11th title
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Paris Saint-Germain celebrate Lionel Messi's goal
Paris Saint-Germain celebrate Lionel Messi's goal

Lionel Messi was on target as Paris Saint-Germain sealed their record-breaking 11th Ligue 1 title, despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg on Saturday.

Messi, who will leave PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season, broke the deadlock with his 16th goal of the season just before the hour at Stade de la Meinau.

Strasbourg substitute Kevin Gameiro thwarted Christophe Galtier's side with a 79th-minute leveller, but the point was enough for PSG to secure a successful Ligue 1 title defence with a match to spare.

Strasbourg's top-flight status was also confirmed after the draw for Frederic Antonetti's hosts maintained their six-point cushion over 17th-placed Nantes, who failed to beat Lille.

PSG survived a scare in the 15th minute as Habib Diallo intercepted El Chadaille Bitshiabu's sloppy pass back towards Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Sergio Ramos reacted quickly to clear the forward's attempt from a tight angle.

Diallo drew a smart reflex save from Donnarumma, while Matz Sels produced a fine stop at the other end to keep out Renato Sanches’ volley from a Kylian Mbappe corner.

Strasbourg continued to carry the greater attacking threat and went close again when Diallo rattled the right post with a thumping 20-yard volley.

But PSG broke through 14 minutes into the second half when Messi arrived late in the box to collect Mbappe's square ball before neatly sweeping into the far corner.

The duo almost reversed roles for a second goal soon after as Messi crossed for Mbappe, who failed to convert from inside the six-yard box.

Yet PSG were denied victory by former player Gameiro, who capitalised to snatch a draw 11 minutes from time after Donnarumma parried Morgan Sanson's initial attempt.

What does it mean? PSG in a league of their own

They may not have done it in an overly convincing fashion, but PSG are the champions of France once again.

Their 11th domestic title is also significant as they surpass Saint-Etienne (10) to become the most successful side in French top-flight history outright.

Gameiro denies former club

Now 36 years of age, the veteran striker is nearing the end of his two-year contract with Strasbourg.

A decade after helping PSG land the Ligue 1 crown in 2013, Gameiro denied them all three points with an almost immediate impact from the bench as he delicately lifted the ball over Donnarumma.

Key Opta facts:

Gameiro is Strasbourg's joint top scorer against PSG in Ligue 1, level with Serge Jenner (three goals). He has hit the 10-goal mark in six of his last seven seasons in the top flight.

- PSG attempted at least 10 fewer shots than their opponents (seven versus Strasbourg's 17) for the third time in Ligue 1 this term, as many times as in all their previous nine seasons combined.

- PSG have dropped as many points after scoring the first goal at Strasbourg (two) as they have in their first 36 Ligue 1 games this season (two against Reims last January).

- PSG are the first team to have topped the standings from the first to the last day, having not left this position since the end of the third day of the 2021-22 season.

- Mbappe has assisted 38 per cent of Messi's goals for PSG in all competitions (12/32).

What’s next?

PSG will celebrate another Ligue 1 triumph when they conclude their campaign by hosting Clermont next Saturday, with Strasbourg travelling to Lorient on the same day.


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