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Football: Guingamp win French Cup to delight tractor fans

Guingamp lifted the French Cup for the second time on Saturday when they beat French football's great under-achievers Rennes 2-0 in an all-Brittany final at the Stade de France.

PARIS:  Guingamp lifted the French Cup for the second time on Saturday when they beat French football's great under-achievers Rennes 2-0 in an all-Brittany final at the Stade de France.

Nicknamed 'The Farmers', Guingamp dominated from the outset to the delight of their fans, hundreds of whom had travelled to Paris in a convoy of tractors.

Jonathan Martins Pereira got the opener after 36 minutes when he latched onto a Christophe Mandanne header to catapult into the net.

Mali international striker Mustapha Yatabare claimed the second just after the break when he slipped through the Rennes defence to shock goalkeeper Benoit Costil with a close range header for his eighth goal in the competition.

It was the third victory this season for Guingamp over their fellow Bretons whom they beat twice in the league, and another woeful end for Rennes who also lost the 2009 French Cup final against the same side, who were then in the second tier.

Rennes were also beaten by Saint-Etienne in last season's League Cup final, leaving them still without a major title since beating Lyon to lift the Cup back in 1971.

It is a dire record for a club which hails from the capital of Brittany with a population of 207,000 and owned by billionaire Francois Pinault.

Guingamp - the club where Didier Drogba shot to prominence - has a population of little more than 7,000.

Both clubs remain in danger of relegation to Ligue 2 with just three games left in the league campaign.

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