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Saturday 23 September 2017

Marseille end long wait for title

Fans dived in the sea at the Vieux Port as Marseille ended an 18-year wait for the French title when late goals by Mamadou Niang and Lucho Gonzalez secured a 3-1 home win over Stade Rennes.

The Provence side moved on to 75 points, an unassailable eight-point lead over second-placed Lille with two games left, which triggered wild celebrations in the soccer-mad Mediterranean city.

At the Stade Velodrome, Rennes striker Jimmy Briand cancelled out Gabriel Heinze's early opener before the break, but Marseille struck back late in the second half.

Senegal striker Niang made it 2-1 in the 76th minute and Argentine midfielder Gonzalez wrapped it up two minutes later.

"It rewards nine months of hard work," said Marseille coach Didier Deschamps.

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