Guingamp beat Rennes to lift Coupe de France
By D. Crossan
Just as in 2009 Guingamp saw off Rennes in the final to lift the Coupe de France. Jonathan Martins-Pereira and Mustapha Yatabaré scored the goals in a 2-0 win.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Stade Rennais FC 0-2 EA Guingamp
Guingamp were good value for the win in the Breton derby as they dominated from the off as Rennes never got going. Martins-Pereira netted in the 37th minute and Yatabaré, who's been Guingamp's Cup hero throughout their run, added the crucial second just after the interval.
Christophe Mandanne headed wide in the ninth minute and Christophe Kerbrat was the next to chance his arm as Jocelyn Gourvennec's side began with real confidence. Claudio Beauvue headed over midway through the half and Rennes failed to muster an attempt on target until Swedish hotshot Ola Toivonen's tame free-kick was comfortably dealt with by Mamadou Samassa.
Guingamp, like Rennes not yet assured of Ligue 1 survival, made the breakthrough eight minutes before the turnaround when full-back Martins-Pereira found the corner of the net after Benoît Costil's failed attempt to punch the ball clear.
Guingamp pulled further clear immediately after the restart when Malian international forward Yatabaré got on the scoresheet for the eighth time this Coupe de France season. Yatabaré was blissfully unmarked when Steeven Langil swung over the cross and beat Costil with the header.
Costil denied Yatabaré another goal in the 55th minute as Guingamp continued to press and Rennes followed up last season's Coupe de la Ligue final loss to Saint-Etienne with more heartbreak at the last hurdle.
Guingamp became the first club to win the Coupe de France by more than a single-goal margin since Auxerre beat Montpellier 3-0 in 1994 as Rennes created little. Toivonen was unable to make decent contact from a Romain Alessandrini free-kick late on and Philippe Montanier's men left the Stade de France feeling they'd not given the best of themselves. Their trophy drought, stretching back to 1971, continues.
Both clubs counted one veteran from the 2009 final and Lionel Mathis, the Guingamp captain, got his hands on the trophy, whereas his Rennes counterpart Romain Danzé was left to lick his wounds.