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Amiens celebrate survival with victory

Publish on 24/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Amiens SC beat EA Guingamp 2-1 at the Stade de la Licorne on Friday and will still be a Ligue 1 Conforama club next season.

Amiens SC  2 - 1  EA Guingamp 

THE MATCH

Christophe Pélissier's side came into the final day of the campaign just two points clear of SM Caen in the relegation play-off place. They had not won in nine games and a failure to get the victory here would have left them open to being leapfrogged by Caen and forced into a two-legged tie against RC Lens to decide their fate.

However, Amiens got the job done against their already-relegated visitors with Sehrou Guirassy and Saman Ghoddos both on target for the hosts.

Guirassy put them ahead in the 14th minute, pouncing to score his third goal since arriving in January after Marc-Aurèle Caillard had pushed out a Juan Ferney Otero shot.

Caillard intervened several times to stop Amiens doubling their lead before Iranian international Ghoddos made it 2-0 just after half-time, finishing after being set up by Guirassy (47').

Amiens should have been out of sight but instead Alexandre Mendy pulled a goal back for the visitors midway through the second half. Marcus Coco then hit the bar for Guingamp as Amiens held on to celebrate survival with a victory, even if Caen's defeat meant the outcome of this match was ultimately not crucial. They finish 15th, four points clear of the bottom three.

THE PLAYER: Sehrou Guirassy

The former LOSC forward, who returned to France on loan from 1. FC Köln of Germany in January, made the difference here with a goal and an assist.

THE STAT: 10

This was a timely first win in 10 games for Amiens, although they finish the season unbeaten in their last eight home matches at the Stade de la Licorne, winning four and drawing four.