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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 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