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banner Saturday, 12 May, 2001, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
Nantes take French title
Eric Carriere
Eric Carriere's side cannot be pipped for the title
BBC Sport Online rounds up the weekend's action from the European leagues.


Nantes were crowned French champions for the eighth time on Saturday when they beat St Etienne 1-0.

With just one match remaining the Canaries - who are on a roll of seven successive league wins - took an unassailable four-point lead over second-placed Lyon.

"It's paradise after 33 hard tough matches," said Nantes coach Raynald Denoueix.

"That was a tough match and we lived through all the emotions for 90 minutes.

Brando's pal

"However, we have lived this experience together and hopefully the players will stay so we can live through more of these next season," he added.

Marama Vahirua was the hero for Nantes, scoring his seventh goal of the season after several clear chances had gone begging.

Frederic Da Rocha beat a St Etienne defender and passed it inside where the 20-year-old Tahitian, apparently a favourite of legendary Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, tapped it into the net.

Player of the year Eric Carriere had a golden opportunity to double the lead minutes later from Vahirua's superbly weighted pass.

But the keeper pushed it away for a corner and Nantes' first title since 1995 was assured.

  • Click here for French results.


    Anderlecht beat relegated Mechelen 1-0 on Saturday to win the Belgian league championship for the 26th time.

    With one more game to play, the defending champions have a five-point lead over second-placed Club Bruges, who won 2-0 at Lierse.

  • Click here for Belgian results.

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