Monaco seal return to Ligue 1

Monaco clinched promotion back to Ligue 1 after two seasons in the second tier today thanks to a 1-0 win away to Nimes.

The principality club had to win in Nimes to be certain of clinching promotion with two games to spare, and duly got the three points they needed thanks to a stoppage-time goal from substitute Ibrahima Toure. Claudio Ranieri's side have lost just one of their last 19 Ligue 2 games and are six points clear of Guingamp in second. They need just two more points from their remaining matches to win the title.

Monaco were relegated from Ligue 1 in 2011 after 34 unbroken years in the top flight and finished eighth in the second tier last season. However, their fortunes have been transformed since Russian billionaire Dimitri Rybolovlev bought the club in December 2011. Monaco are now likely to spend big in an attempt to make a major impact in Ligue 1 next season.