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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser (ATT 15,655) 7th December 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Kalt

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Guingamp Guingamp

Valenc'nes 1

T Doumbia (18)

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Guingamp 1

Y Sankhare (70)

Sankhare earns Guingamp a point

Last Updated: 07/12/13 10:00pm

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Younousse Sankhare in action for Guingamp

Younousse Sankhare in action for Guingamp

Younousse Sankhare denied Valenciennes the victory that would have put them within touching distance of Ligue 1 safety when his spectacular second-half strike earned Guingamp an away point.

After just two wins from their opening 16 games, Valenciennes are toiling through the campaign but had a rare win in sight when Tongo Doumbia headed in during the early stages.

They held off Guingamp until the 70th minute when Sankhare produced a sumptuous overhead kick to make it 1-1, a scoreline that stood to the final whistle.

Valenciennes had the first chance of the contest when David Ducourtioux released Saliou Ciss and the defender's firm right-footed shot was turned away by goalkeeper Guy N'Dy Assembe.

N'Dy Assembe was caught out in the 17th minute though when Maor Melikson's free-kick from the left was headed on by Gary Kagelmacher to Doumbia who from close range could hardly miss and duly nodded in.

Guingamp's Lionel Mathis created a chance for the visitors shortly before the half-hour mark when he played in Steeven Langil and the midfielder fired inches over the crossbar.

Valenciennes had an opening in the 48th minute from which they might have stretched their lead, when Arthur Masuaku crossed from the right crossed to Doumbia. The ball deflected off Jean-Christophe Bahebeck before reaching Doumbia but the scorer of the first goal could not repeat his earlier achievement and N'Dy Assembe blocked his left-footed shot from 10 yards.

Mid-table Guingamp began to dominate, the pressure on the home defence escalating.

Langil freed Cedric Faure inside the penalty area and after controlling the ball with his chest he volleyed purposefully at goal but found Nicolas Penneteau in position to make a fine save.

Ladislas Douniama was the next to threaten, after Jeremy Sorbon found him in the penalty area from where his shot, another volley, went inches wide of Penneteau's goal.

Sankhare did rather better when his chance came, volleying in with an overhead kick to beat Penneteau after a one-two with Christophe Mandanne.

Valenciennes would have been two points from safety with a win but stand four adrift instead, while Guingamp remain in mid-table security, neither making a concerted challenge for the European places nor in any obvious danger.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23