Wednesday, April 22, 2009

En Avant Guingamp to the Coupe de France finals

The Cinderella story of En Avant Guingamp continued as they defeated Toulouse 2-1 in the Coupe de France semi-finals.

Despite being in the lower part of the Ligue 2 table Victor Zvunka's side attacked the high-flying Toulouse. Guingamp took the lead at the half hour mark as Felipe Saad's incoming throw-in was headed-on by Wilson Oruma to Eduardo, who nodded the ball into the back of the net. The Breton side were forced to play a man down six minutes into the half when Richard Soumah received his second yellow of the night. With seventeen minutes a long ball to André-Pierre Gignac clear down the right and with a perfect right-footed half volley into the net the match was level. However Victor Zvunka was able to get a taste of revenge in defeating the club he coached over fifteen years ago as with a minute on the clock Wilson Oruma cross into the box took careened off a group of players and into the far left corner with Badara Sène credited with the historic goal.

The Guingampais side will now face Stade Rennais on 9 May at the Stade de France in a all Breton Coupe de France final.