Amiens SC salvaged a point despite playing the last half-hour with ten men with a 1-1 draw at En Avant Guingamp on Saturday.
EA Guingamp 1-1 Amiens SC
Consistently inconsistent with four wins and five defeats this season, Guingamp had lost their last two, and would have found themselves behind early on but for Christophe Kerbrat to brilliantly clear Harrison Manzala’s seemingly goalbound effort (21′).
Sixty seconds later, Kerbrat was unable to help out his team as Amiens, who had won their last two, went in front. Gaël Kakuta brilliantly moved clear of a clutch of home defenders, and picked out Oualid El Hajjam, whose sharp shot beat Karl-Johan Johnsson at the near post (22′).
Guingamp, who would have taken a point from Nantes last weekend but for a glaring Johnsson error, were given the lift of levelling a minute before the break. Jimmy Briand released Franck Tabanou down the left, and his cross was met by Moustapha Diallo’s diving header (44′).
Another Kerbrat goalline clearance denied Lacina Traoré a goal (49′) before an even more spectacular block by Jonathan Martins Pereira stopped Danilo Avelar putting the gallant visitors in front just a minute later (50′).
Their ambitions were curtailed when Prince-Désir Gouano was dismissed for a second bookable offence (58′), and Christophe Pelissier’s men would have been heading home empty-handed only for Martins Pereira to find the woodwork rather than the net (78′).
THE PLAYER: Gaël Kakuta
A one-time teenage prodigy of French football, the Amiens midfielder – now 26 – appears to be finally coming good on his potential. His quality could be the difference between Amiens staying up and returning to Domino’s Ligue 2.
THE STAT: 1
This was the first-ever top-flight meeting between the pair.