TRAFTON KENNEY - Monday, August 9, 2010
Carlos Bocanegra made his full debut with Saint-Etienne in their opening game of Ligue 1 but Les Verts were no match for Paris Saint-Germain in the capital city.

After trading Brittany for the Loire, Bocanegra started and played the full game at left fullback for his new team.

While it was never going to be an easy game for Saint-Etienne, Coach Christophe Galtier must have been concerned to see his team succumb so early to pressure by Paris Saint-Germain.

Five minutes had barely passed before Guillaume Hoarau picked out Melvut Erding who finished through the legs of Jérémie Janot for his first goal of the season.

After close misses by both Erding and Zoumana Camara, Saint-Etienne made the most of their limited possession and brought things level in the 39th minute through Dimitri Payet.

Parity, however, would be short-lived when Stéphane Sessegnon brought PSG ahead again in the 42nd minute with a scissor-kick that rebounded off the post only to bounce back into the goal off of Janot's head.

New signing Nene finished the game off with eight minutes to play when he volleyed Ludovic Giuly's deflected cross home from close range.

Saint-Etienne will hope to rebound next weekend when they face Sochaux on Saturday.
Let###s be honest
Monday August 9, 2010 3:45 pm
You forgot to mention that Boca got skinned by Guily on the 3rd goal. I love Boca, but let's be realistic: he has been in decline for at least a year now, and this was another in a string of weak showings, including the World Cup. He is too young and too healthy for his form to be falling off so dramatically. Only his history and our weak pool of defenders allowed him to keep his spot on this World Cup team. No way, at this rate, do I see him anywhere near the 23-man list for Brazil 2014. He could be back in MLS by next season, the way things are going. Truly hate to say it, bc I respect all he has done for club and country. but this is the ugly truth, or so it seems.

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