Yatabaré opens the scoring
In an electric atmosphere in the Stade du Roudourou, Les Guingampais were more aggressive than Les Monégasques in the opening exchanges. Their approach paid dividends in the 7th minute. From a free-kick wide on the left, Yatabaré escaped from Carvalho and poked the ball home from close range in front of Romero. AS Monaco were caught cold and Yatabaré broke free again, only to miss hit his shot and see Romero save (8'), before Mandanne was unable to make contact with an acrobatic effort on the counter (19'). It took until the 27th minute for Monaco's first shot, off target from Raggi from the edge of the area.
Monégasque put on the pressure
While Les Asémistes were not dominating outrageously, they slowly played their way into the game. The chances began to follow with Germain heading just over (31'), before Ferreira Carrasco's cross was intercepted by Samassa (33'). In the 36th minute, AS Monaco got their reward. Moutinho released Fabinho down the left flank with a magnificent pass down the right flank and the Brazilian crossed for Berbatov who gave Samassa no chance as he fired into the roof of the net. The Bulgarian's third goal in the Coupe de France saw AS Monaco handed a life line and it was 1-1 at the break.
The away side began the second half the way they finished the first: in control. James tried his luck with a curling effort from the edge of the area, but it went straight at Samassa (49'). A little after the hour mark, Claudio Ranieri decided to replace Berbatov with Rivière to give his attack a little more punch. Ten minutes later, as Les Guingampais wrestled back the upper hand and il Mister reorganised his midfield into a diamond shape as Ferreira Carrasco made way for Kondogbia. Inside the final 15 minutes, James won a free-kick 25 metres out from goal. Moutinho managed to beat the wall, but found Samassa in his way to make a regulation save.
Romero saved by the crossbar
Romero then produced a wonderful fingertip save in the 85th minute to deflect Douniama's powerful drive onto the crossbar! Rivière replied with a shot on the turn that took a deflection and tricked through to Samassa. In stoppage time at the end of the match, EAG had another big chance when Carvalho inadvertently handled in the area before producing a brilliant last gasp tackle to prevent Yatabaré firing at Romero! The crowd in the Stade du Roudourou were enraged as the referee, Mr Gautier, sent the two teams into extra time...
Guingamp finish stronger
Claudio Ranieri launched Anthony Martial into the game at the start of extra-time at the expense of Valère Germain. It was another attacking option for AS Monaco, but it was Guingamp that turned up the heat with a pair of generous free-kicks from the referee. While the set pieces came to nothing, it set the tone for the final minutes as, pushed on by the home supporters, Les Guingampais had a series of dangerous moments in front of Romero's goal through Beauvue (95') and Yatabaré (96' and 100'). For AS Monaco, the chances at the other end were rare... But Martial still forced Samassa into a save with a powerful shot in the 101st minute that the 'keeper saved at the second attempt.
Giresse turns the game
The second period of extra-time started with a great chance for AS Monaco, as James' effort was turned behind for a corner by Samassa, only to be given as a goal-kick by Mr Gautier... The boat had sailed for AS Monaco. In the 113th minute, EAG went ahead thanks to their substitutions. From the left wing, Giresse crossed to the back post where Atik, completely unmarked, volleyed towards goal. Romero got a strong hand to it, but the ball snuck inside the far post... AS Monaco were broken. The third Guingamp goal came from the right boot of Yatabaré from another Giresse cross with three minutes left on the clock. AS Monaco faltered at the final step to the Stade de France. Congratulations En Avant Guingamp for a deserved qualification.