Young Boys wins Swiss league title in 54th week of season

The Associated Press
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Young Boys players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during a Europa League group G soccer match against Feyenoord at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands.Switzerland will be the last pandemic-delayed European league to complete its 2019-20 season. Title contenders Young Boys and St. Gallen kick off at 8:30 p.m. on the final Monday, July 27, 2020 for what could be a decisive match. Defending champion Young Boys leads by two points ahead of its final four games in 12 days. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Young Boys players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during a Europa League group G soccer match against Feyenoord at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands.Switzerland will be the last pandemic-delayed European league to complete its 2019-20 season. Title contenders Young Boys and St. Gallen kick off at 8:30 p.m. on the final Monday, July 27, 2020 for what could be a decisive match. Defending champion Young Boys leads by two points ahead of its final four games in 12 days. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)

GENEVA (AP) -- Young Boys secured its third straight Swiss league title on Friday, winning 1-0 at Sion in the next-to-last round of a season that has taken more than one year to complete.

Young Boys moved five points clear of St. Gallen before the sides meet in the final round on Monday.

Switzerland is set to be the last of the pandemic-delayed European soccer leagues to finish the 2019-20 campaign. It began for Young Boys on July 21 last year.

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Friday's win, earned by a 14th-minute goal from Christopher Martins, was watched by a federally mandated limit of 1,000 people in Sion's stadium.

Cameroon international Jean-Pierre Nsame was a standout performer for Young Boys topping the league scoring chart with 30 goals.

A 14th league title sends the club from Bern into the Champions League second qualifying round to be played August 25-26. It will need to advance through three rounds to enter the group stage in October.

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