Diallo and Briand see off Strasbourg
By D. Crossan
Moustapha Diallo and Jimmy Briand scored second-half goals as Guingamp saw off luckless Strasbourg 2-0 to record a second Ligue 1 Conforama win of the season.
EA Guingamp 2-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Without a point since an opening weekend victory at Metz, Antoine Kombouaré's side really needed this result against a Strasbourg side that had taken four points from their previous two matches.
Five minutes in Strasbourg were close to taking the lead as Jean-Eudes Aholou hit the post with a left-footed shot from 25 metres after advancing from halfway. Guingamp had a big chance 12 minutes in when Diallo fired over from six yards out after a bit of a goalmouth scramble.
Six minutes into the second half Martin Terrier, making his Strasbourg debut after joining on loan from LOSC, struck the upright with a powerful attempt. Thierry Laurey's side were beset by an absence of fortune and five minutes later, from fully 40 metres, Ihsan Sacko was thwarted by the crossbar.
After living dangerously, Kombouaré's men went in front against the club he coached in 2003-2004. Jordan Ikoko, scorer of an own goal in Guingamp's last home game against Paris Saint-Germain, crossed for Diallo to head home at the front post.
Four minutes from time Guingamp sealed the points when substitute Nicolas Bénézet pulled the ball back for the cleverly-positioned Briand to beat Bingourou Kamara, the young Strasbourg goalkeeper.
THE PLAYER: Jimmy Briand
Briand, 32, also scored in the opening day win at Metz. The skipper's important cannot be overestimated. To underline Briand's longevity, he first scored against Strasbourg as a callow 20-year-old in October 2005.
THE STAT: 8
Guingamp have won eight of their last nine home games against promoted clubs; drawing the other.