By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Micah played the full 90 minutes for 10-man Fiorentina as Vincenzo Montella’s men secured a 2-1 win over Guingamp in the Europa League.
La Viola had already progressed into the next stage of the competition going into this game, but they continued their unbeaten run with an industrious win despite going a man down.
The visitors were ahead within six minutes, Khouma Babacar’s shot being parried into the path of Alberto Aquilani, who in turn – and unselfishly – picked out Marko Marin to make it 1-0.
It was two seven minutes later, Juan Vargas’ superb ball picking out Babacar at the far post, who tapped home to make it 2-0 against the shell-shocked hosts.
Mustapha Yatabare went close for Guingamp as they tried to get back into the game, whilst Mustapha Diallo had a free header that he should have utilized better, instead heading into the ground.
However, the game was turned on its head with a dismissal just before half time, Jose Maria Basanta adjudged to have fouled Sylvain Marveaux and shown a red card. Claudio Beauvue sloted home the penalty to make it 2-1 and bring his side back into the game.
Beavue and Yatabare went close for Guingamp as they took advantage of the man advantage, as did Christophe Kerbrat soon after, but the visitors were hanging on for their dear life.
Yatabare saw a header rebound off the crossbar, and Beauvue’s late chance missed its target as Fiorentina held out, returning to Italy with anther win in the bag.
Guingamp: Lossl, Sankoh, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Jacobsen; Diallo, Beauvue, Mathis, Pied, Yatabare; Marveaux.
Substitutes: Guichard, Angoua, Baca, Schwartz, Sankhare, Mandanne, Giresse
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Richards, Basanta, Tomovic; Vargas, Badelj, Aquilani, Lazzari, Kurtic; Marin, Babacar.
Substitutes: Neto, Cuadrado, Savic, Valero, Alonso, Mancini, Ilicic.