TRAFTON KENNEY - Sunday, August 22, 2010
It may not have been the result they were looking for but Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne secured a valuable point away to Rennes on Saturday evening.
After missing out on last weekend's 3-2 win over Sochaux, the Los Gatos, California native returned to the starting lineup for Les Verts in time to face his former employers and played the full 90 minutes at left back.
He was quickly reminded of the threat posed by Asamoah Gyan when the Ghanaian attacker toe-poked wide of the right post in the eighth minute.
After an uneventful first half, Saint Etienne missed their chance to break ahead in the 48th minute when Sylvain Marchal failed to direct his header on target with the goal at his mercy.
A minute later Gyan connected well with Jérome Leroy's free kick but Jeremie Janot punched his header wide.
With a minute to play, Gonzalo Bergessio cut inside the box but his shot was saved comfortably by Nicolas Douchez and the game ended in a scoreless tie.
Saint Etienne drop to 11th place while Rennes remain in third.
Saint Etienne host Lens next Saturday.