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French Ligue 1

Du Roudourou (ATT 12,953) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Guingamp Guingamp vs Reims Reims

Guingamp 1

R Alioui (62)


Reims 2

O Fortes (69)
F Ayite (72)

Reims hit back at Guingamp

Last Updated: 08/02/14 9:40pm

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Odair Fortes is mobbed by teammates after his goal

Odair Fortes is mobbed by teammates after his goal

Reims came from behind to win 2-1 on a quagmire of a pitch at Guingamp.

Rachid Alioui gave Guingamp a deserved lead just after the hour mark but it served only to sting the visitors into life and two goals in three minutes from Odair Fortes and Floyd Ayite turned the game around.

Reims occupy a hugely impressive sixth place in the Ligue 1 table, within five points of the European places, while Guingamp are five points but only two places clear of the relegation zone.

Patches of standing water made conditions difficult for both teams but Guingamp adapted more easily in the first period.

Alioui had the chance to score inside a minute when he raced through one-on-one with keeper Johny Placide, but he blazed over the bar.

Alioui had another shot saved after Fatih Atik's cross and was then denied a penalty when Aissa Mandi appeared to handle the ball while battling for possession with the striker.

Antoine Devaux's 25-yard shot was an isolated first-half threat at the other end and was comfortably taken by keeper Guy N'Dy Assembe.

Atik could have put Guingamp in front shortly before half-time but saw his 25-yard drive parried away by Placide.

The opener came in the 62nd minute, though, when Yatabare found space on the left and picked out Alioui, who turned home his third goal in two games.

But the lead lasted only seven minutes before Prince Oniangue picked out the pacey Fortes, who made the most of Reynald Lemaitre's misjudgement and slid the ball past N'Dy Assembe.

And three minutes later the turnaround was complete. Ayite's goal was all his own work as the Togo forward, on for Eliran Atar seven minutes earlier, raced past two defenders before firing low inside the near post.

Ayite then turned provider for Mandi, but the defender's shot struck a post as the game finished 2-1.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22