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Lille hold open-top bus parade after beating PSG to title as fans celebrate win

Lille hold open-top bus parade after beating PSG to title as fans celebrate win


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THOUSANDS of fans packed the streets as Lille held an open-top bus parade to celebrate Sunday’s Ligue 1 title win.

There were emotional scenes of jubilation in the city centre as Lille supporters cheered on their heroes.

Lille have celebrated their title win in the city centre

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Lille have celebrated their title win in the city centreCredit: Reuters
Thousands of fans greeted the players after last night's triumph

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Thousands of fans greeted the players after last night’s triumphCredit: AFP

A sea of red greeted the players as they made their way through the town.

Fans waved flags and set off red flares as last night’s party continued into Monday.

Lille had been presented with the Ligue 1 trophy at their training ground earlier in the day.

And they proudly showed off their fourth-ever French crown after a famous triumph over big spenders Paris Saint-Germain.

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Lille finished just one point above Mauricio Pochettino’s side after beating Angers 2-1 away from home.

PSG made sure they did their part with a 2-0 win at Brest.

But it was meaningless as Lille secured the victory needed to guarantee a first title since they were led to glory by a young Eden Hazard in 2011.

Canadian striker Jonathan David got the party started for Lille after just ten minutes.

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Lille beat Angers 2-1 away from home to seal the French crown

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Lille beat Angers 2-1 away from home to seal the French crownCredit: AFP
Lille finished just one point above big spenders and then-champions PSG

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Lille finished just one point above big spenders and then-champions PSGCredit: Reuters

And Burak Yilmaz’s penalty had his side looking comfortable before half-time.

A late strike from Angelo Fulgini gave Lille a scare, but they rode out the last few minutes to clinch title glory. 

Lille’s next task will be to hold on to a squad filled with new superstars.

The title is Lille's first since Eden Hazard led them to glory in 2011

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The title is Lille’s first since Eden Hazard led them to glory in 2011Credit: EPA
Stars like Renato Sanches and Jonathan David fired Lille to glory

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Stars like Renato Sanches and Jonathan David fired Lille to gloryCredit: AP

Former Bayern Munich prodigy Renato Sanches looks like a player reborn in midfield after working his way back into Portugal’s Euro plans.

And goalkeeper Mike Maignan is reportedly being lined up by AC Milan as a replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Ikone and Jonathan Bamba have been superb on the wings.

And David’s 13 goals are sure to put him on the radar of some big clubs too.

Jubilant supporters turned up to join in the party

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Jubilant supporters turned up to join in the partyCredit: EPA
Lille picked up their trophy at the training ground before heading on the bus

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Lille picked up their trophy at the training ground before heading on the busCredit: Reuters

But Lille may have already lost the battle to keep boss Christophe Galtier.

Reports in France claim he will take charge at rivals Nice this summer and that a deal has already been agreed.

All that’s left is for Nice to strike financial compensation with Lille after chiefs decided to wait until last night’s Ligue 1 outcome before making their official approach.

Fellow French side Lyon and Italians Napoli have also been linked, having sacked Rudi Garcia and Gennaro Gattuso respectively.

It will be a day that goes down in Lille's history

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It will be a day that goes down in Lille’s historyCredit: Reuters
Lille will now look to hold on to their rising stars amid interest from other clubs

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Lille will now look to hold on to their rising stars amid interest from other clubsCredit: EPA
Jonathan Ikoné scores 25-yard half-volley screamer for Lille versus Nantes




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