An injury-time wonder strike from Claudio Beauvue broke fourth-division US Concarneau’s hearts in the Coupe de France quarter-finals as holders En Avant de Guingamp claimed a narrow 2-1 victory on Thursday.
The match’s denouement followed a clumsy tackle that led to a free-kick. Beauvue stepped up to strike the ball true and hard into the right-hand corner of stranded Concarneau goalkeeper Ivan Seznec.
Guingamp and fellow Brittany club Concarneau, the sole amateur side left in the competition, were level at halftime after Christophe Mandanne opened the scoring in the third minute for the Ligue 1 club, only for Christophe Gourmelon to equalize in the 21st minute.
Guingamp coach Jocelyn Gourvennec said victory was all that mattered.
“In the Cup, you have to win, get past the post, you have to qualify,” he said. “There’s no small victory. It’s still been very difficult, as it always is in Cup matches.”
His Concarneau counterpart Nicolas Cloarec said his team had been made to suffer in the second half both in their ball retention and physically.
“It’s Guingamp, it’s cold professionalism,” he said. “If I have one regret, it’s our first half: the missed opportunities and the start to it, of course.”
Earlier in the evening, AJ Auxerre saw off Stade Brest 4-2 on penalties after the game ended goalless after extra time.
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