Bamba doubles up as Lille take down Guingamp
There were two goals for Jonathan Bamba as LOSC Lille confirmed their fine early season form with a 3-0 win at home to En Avant Guingamp on Sunday.
LOSC 3-0 EA Guingamp
While Lille had won their previous three home games and taken four points from their first two matches of the season, Guingamp had failed to triumph on their last eight Ligue 1 Conforama trips and arrived at the Stade Pierre Mauroy without a 2018/19 point.
But visiting coach Antoine Kombouaré could still not have expected to see any realistic hopes of getting anything from the game disappear inside ten minutes.
By that time, Xeka had put the home side in front (7') with a first-time finish to a Nicolas Pépé cross, while Bamba had also found the net, pouncing on the rebound after Karl-Johan Johnsson had pushed out a Pépé shot (10').
Guingamp had posed Paris Saint-Germain problems just over a week earlier, but there was little sign of the Bretons' famed stubbornness before the break with only Marcus Thuram troubling Mike Maignan in the home goal (40').
That only served to stir Lille from their two-goal-lead-induced slumber, and Pépé stung Johnsson's hands (41') before the former Angers SCO forward and Jonathan Ikoné combined to give Fodé Ballo-Touré a sight of goal — the full-back's shot flew just wide (43').
An Etienne Didot free-kick (55') and an effort from former Lille man Ronny Rodelin (70') called Maignan into action, but Bamba ended the renaissance — Pépé again causing the breach in the Guingamp back four, teeing up the summer buy from AS Saint-Étienne for his third of the season (74').
As the rain fell heavily, Guingamp's day was further doused in disappointment when Christophe Kerbrat was dismissed for pulling back LOSC debutant Loïc Rémy (82'), who then saw an effort ruled out for offside (87')
THE PLAYER: Jonathan Bamba
How promising does Bamba's trio with Lebo Mothiba and Nicolas Pépé look for Lille? Bamba is flying after being reunited with Christophe Galtier, whom he first worked with at Saint-Etienne. A word of caution: he also started last season like a train before slowing. LOSC fans will be hoping this time he can keep going.
THE STAT: 4
This was only the fourth time Lille have beaten Guingamp in their last 14 meetings with the Breton side, though they are now also unbeaten in their last four home matches against EAG.