Monday, May 11, 2009

Eduardo for Guingamp (v Rennes), 9 May 2009

A couple of small "end of season" updates.

French Ligue 2 side Guingamp became only the second non-top flight club to win the French Cup on Saturday (and the first for 50 years) when they came from 1-0 down to beat Stade Rennes 2-1 in front of a sell-out 80,000 crowd at the Stade de France.

Ex Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra gave Rennes the lead in the 69th minute but two strikes from Brazilian frontman Eduardo in the 72nd and 83rd minutes gave the minnows a famous win and a place in next season's Europa League.

(in Ligue 1 it looks increasingly likely that Lyon will finally lose their seven year grip on the league title - they are seven points behind joint leaders Marseille and Bordeaux with four games to play).

In the heady non-league heights of the Unibond Premier League, FC United of Manchester found the level of competition harder than in previous seasons. Entering the final day of the campaign knowing that a win would secure a play-off berth, the Reds only managed a 1-1 draw with Bradford Park Avenue in front of nearly 4,000 at Gigg Lane and so agonisingly finished one place outside the play-off positions. Eastwood Town were promoted as champions and will be joined in the Blue Square North next season by Ilkeston Town who beat Nantwich 2-1 in the play-off final.

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