Sow delight at topping French scoring charts

Moussa Sow
Sow hit 25 goals en route to becoming top-scorer in France's Ligue 1

Lille's Senegal striker Moussa Sow has hailed his achievement of finishing top scorer in France's Ligue 1 as "beautiful".

Sow scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Rennes, as Lille celebrated their first title since 1954 in front of their home fans on the final day of the season.

The Senegal forward's treble was his third of the campaign as he took his goal tally for the season to 25.

"It's beautiful, I didn't expect this, I'm so happy," Sow said.

Sow's hat-trick saw him head up the goal-scoring charts with three more than his nearest rival Kevin Gameiro, who was also on target in Lorient's 2-1 loss at home to Auxerre.

Lille were crowned champions for the first time in 57 years the previous week with a 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain.

The club also celebrated their first league and cup double in 65 years.

The final day of the French season also saw other contributions from African players in Ligue 1 in the battle for final places in the table.

Sochaux defeated Arles 3-1 with goals by Mali striker Modibo Maiga and Algeria midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, who struck from the penalty spot in the 18th minute.

Arles finished bottom of the table and they drop to Ligue 2 next season, along with two former French champions - Lens and Monaco.

Monaco lost 2-0 at home to visiting Lyon who scored the opening goal through their Senegal defender Pape Malikou Diakathe.

The win secured Lyon a Champions League spot, while Paris Saint-Germain earned a Europa League place after drawing 1-1 with Montpellier.

Mali striker Cheikh Tidiane Diabate was on target for Bordeaux, who beat nine-man Montpellier 2-0.

And fellow Gabonese Eric Mouloungui was on the score-sheet for Nice, but his side lost 2-1 to Valenciennes.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Inter Milan won the Coppa Italia on Sunday, beating Palermo 3-1, with Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o scoring twice.

Eto'o scored a goal in each half to help Inter make up for their domestic and European disappointments this season.

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