Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Guingamp on the march

Publish on 12/01/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS


Guingamp extended their unbeaten Ligue 1 Conforama run to six matches as they won 2-0 at Strasbourg. Yannis Salibur and Nicolas Benezet scored the goals.

 RC Strasbourg Alsace 0-2 EA Guingamp 


This was Guingamp's fourth win in five games and Antoine Kombouaré's side climbed to provisional sixth in the table against a club that have made home form their strength in recent months.

Guingamp made a storming start and Alexandre Oukidja had already saved well from in-form visiting captain Jimmy Briand before the Breton club took the lead on eight minutes. Some excellent football saw Marcus Coco play in Salibur who managed to tease is way past Kenny Lala and clip the ball over Oukidja.

Eight minutes later Guingamp scored a second, making it the first time in history they'd netted more than once at Strasbourg in the league. Jimmy Briand teed up the marauding Benezet who controlled with his left and shot with his right, beating Oukidja at the base of the post.

Strasbourg, beaten only once in their previous seven league outings, didn't threaten until the hour-mark when Stéphane Bahoken fired narrowly over. A few minutes later sub Jérémy Blayac appeared unlucky as his shot seemed to hit Christophe Kerbrat's hand.

Guingamp were full value for the three points and they could have added a third goal in added time at the end of the game when they wasted a three-on-two. Substitute Ludovic Blas' shot was bravely blocked by Bakary Koné.

THE PLAYER: Jimmy Briand

Guingamp's captain netted when his side beat Strasbourg 2-0 back in Week 4 and was again instrumental here, playing a part in Benezet's goal. The former Lyon attacker has been involved in five of Guingamp's last nine league goals scored, setting up two of them and scoring three. Since Briand's arrival in 2015 it has often been the case that when he plays well, Guingamp's results follow suit.


This was Strasbourg's first home loss in seven league games. Guingamp are now unbeaten in 20 top division matches against promoted clubs.