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Lille grabs last Champions League spot

PARIS -- Titleholder Paris Saint-Germain broke the record for most victories in a French league season with a 4-0 win over Montpellier while Lille secured the last Champions League berth by finishing third on Saturday.

Lyon edged Nice 1-0 to grab the last Europa League spot.

In a match between the only teams still under the threat of relegation, Evian secured safety by defeating Sochaux 3-0.

Sochaux, Valenciennes and Ajaccio were relegated while Metz, Lens and Caen gained promotion.

Ezequiel Lavezzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Adrien Rabiot scored in PSG's 27th league win. Ibrahimovic notched his 26th league goal to finish as the top scorer for the second straight season.

"We had a great season," PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. "That was not easy after Carlo Ancelotti's departure. But this has been the best of our last three seasons."

PSG coach Laurent Blanc rested some of the players called up for the World Cup: Salvatore Sirigu, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti, Yohan Cabaye, Edinson Cavani.

Lille came from a goal down at Lorient to win 4-1, with Salomon Kalou scoring twice. Lille will enter the preliminary rounds of the Champions League.

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