Guingamp romp against Dijon
Faltering En Avant Guingamp lifted their fans' spirits with a 4-0 win over in-form Dijon FCO on Saturday.
EA Guingamp 4-0 Dijon FCO
Guingamp had won just one of their last seven, while Dijon were in form, arriving in Brittany with five victories in the same series of matches.
Guingamp had brightened their prospects by beating Troyes last weekend, though, and Antoine Kombouaré's men were given the early boost of seeing Oussama Haddadi dismissed just 12 minutes in for a wild challenge on Jonathan Martins Pereira.
The hosts did not take long to capitalise either with Jimmy Briand sidefooting home his fifth goal of the league campaign at the near post from Pedro Rebocho's cross (37').
Just three minutes later, Yannis Salibur doubled their lead, snapping onto a poor clearance before sidefooting past Baptiste Reynet (40'). The Dijon goalkeeper then parried a Briand header that seriously threatened to make it three-nil before the break (43').
It took another miraculous save from Reynet to keep out Jérémy Sorbon's close-range header early in the second half (47') and then Briand struck the crossbar with a chip (51') as Guingamp threatened to run riot.
Mehdi Abeid countered with a long-range rocket that smashed off the crossbar (53'), but Guingamp soon gave themselves breathing space - Briand's ball found Marcus Coco at the back post, and he clipped the ball into the net (59').
When Christophe Kerbrat headed home at the near post soon after (66'), Dijon were simply praying for the final whistle to arrive.
THE PLAYER: Jimmy Briand
Once again, the former France international belied his 32 years to put on another spring-legged display. Another goal, and he might have had even more.
THE STAT: 9
Guingamp have won nine of their last 15 home games.