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Lebogang Phiri: Bafana Bafana midfielder's Guingamp oust Monaco for historic cup final berth

Posted: 30 January 2019 Time: 10:30

Bafana Bafana midfielder Lebogang Phiri's Guingamp side came from two goals down to defeat AS Monaco via penalties to reach the Coupe de La Ligue final for the first time in the club's history.

Monaco's returning coach Leonardo Jardim was denied a third straight French League Cup final as his side were defeated on penalties by Guingamp after a dramatic 2-2 draw.

Goals from Rony Lopes and Aleksandr Golovkin put 10-man Monaco 2-0 ahead in the first half, but second half strikes from Alexandre Mendy and Marcus Thuram drew the hosts level to force a penalty shootout.

William Vainqueur, making his first start for Monaco, was sent off after a high challenge on Thuram.

Sofiane Diop missed the seventh penalty for the visitors before 22-year-old winger Marcus Coco secured a place in the final of the French League Cup for the first time in Guingamp's history.

Phiri featured the full 90 minutes and scored the sixth penalty in the shoot-out as the struggling Ligue 1 side eventually triumphed 7-6 over the French giants.

Lebo Mothiba's Strasbourg face off against Bordeaux tonight in the other semi-final tie, which could see the South African duo meet in the final.

Article by: Lorenz Kohler
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