Lionel Messi goal clinches record-equalling 10th Ligue 1 title for PSG
Paris St-Germain confirmed a record-equalling 10th French title with four games to spare despite being held by 10-man Lens at Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi’s stunning curled strike looked set to seal victory in style for the hosts, who required only one point to clinch the league.
But despite Kevin Danso’s dismissal for a second booking, Corentin Jean equalised for a spirited Lens late on.
It is Mauricio Pochettino’s first league triumph as a manager.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi all had chances at close range in the first half as PSG livened up after an underwhelming start.
The hosts were booed off after a goalless first half, however, and Jonathan Clauss was denied by Keylor Navas with an increasingly confident Lens’ best chance before the break.
Lens goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca had to be alert when Mbappe was played through by a free-kick, but it was not until Danso’s sending off that PSG were able to truly assert themselves.
Even then, it required a moment of brilliance from Messi, who has endured a frustrating first season in Paris with this just his ninth goal of the campaign across all competitions.
But Pochettino’s side failed to extend their advantage and were made to pay by a Lens side chasing a European place, as Jean turned in Deiver Machado’s cross.