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Guingamp upsets Monaco

Friday, April 18, 2014

PARIS - Ligue 1 strugglers Guingamp beat much-fancied Monaco 3-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals of the French Cup yesterday to set up a final date with Brittany rivals Rennes.

Mustapha Yatabare's opener was cancelled out by Dimitar Berbatov as the match at a packed Stade du Roudourou finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, but goals by Fatih Atik and Yatabare again in the second period of extra-time clinched a famous win for the home side.

Guingamp will now meet Rennes at the Stade de France on Saturday, May 3 in a re-run of the 2009 final, which a Guingamp side then in the second tier won 2-1.

Meanwhile, the defeat will do little to help Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri's prospects of staying in the job beyond the summer at a time when his future is the subject of much speculation.

The principality club's billionaire majority shareholder Dmitry Rybolovlev was in attendance hoping to see the tournament favourites keep alive their chances of winning major silverware for the first time since their League Cup triumph in 2003.

However, it was Guingamp, who remain in danger of relegation from Ligue 1 having lost their last four matches, who score a memorable victory.

Rennes, who have not won a major trophy in more than four decades, beat Ligue 2 club Angers 3-2 in the first semi-final on Tuesday, coming from behind to win thanks to goals by Ola Toivonen, Kamil Grosicki and Jean II Makoun.

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