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Senegal striker Niang fires Marseille to French title

Senegal and Marseille's Mamadou Niang
Mamadou Niang scored to help Marseille win the French title

Senegal striker Mamadou Niang was on target as Marseille beat Rennes 3-1 to seal their first French league title since 1992.

With Auxerre losing 2-1 at Lyon, that victory took Coupe de la Ligue winners Marseille eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games to go.

Gabriel Heinze broke the deadlock inside five minutes only for Jimmy Briand to equalise for the visitors.

But captain Niang and Lucho Gonzalez wrapped up the points.

"It's amazing but the credit goes primarily to the players," Marseille boss Didier Deschamps said.

"It has been an extraordinary human adventure, a great victory for the club and its employees.

"It is the result of nine months of hard work with plenty of ups and downs. I am very proud."

In addition to Niang, a number of Africans have played a key role in Marseille's success this season: Nigeria's Taye Taiwo, Senegal's Souleymane Diawara, Burkina Faso's Charles Kabore, Cameroon's Stephane Mbia and Bakari Kone of Ivory Coast.

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