RECAP: WEEKEND FRENCH ACTION
OGC Nice sprung an upset on visiting Carlos Bocanegra and 10 men Saint Etienne on Sunday afternoon at Stade Municipal du Ray in Nice.
Nice 2 - 1 Saint Etienne
Carlos Bocanegra was a 90 minute man at left back for Saint Etienne who lost just their second match of the season on Sunday to Nice.
Although with first place Rennes only scrapping by with a draw over the weekend, Bocanegra and company remain just two points outside of top spot in the Ligue 1 standings and still sit second.
Things looked bright for the visitors who scored first in just the 10th minute of play.
Dimitri Payet scored from the penalty spot after Nemanja Pejčinović had brought him down in the area with a foul. Payet went left and easily converted the kick.
But just 12 minutes later things turned sour for the second place club when Argentine striker Gonzalo Bergessio clumsily fouled Nice's Eric Mouloungui and was shown a direct red card.
Playing a man down hindered any scoring opportunities for Saint Etienne and soon Nice took advantage of being a man up.
Two minutes after the halftime break, Nice's Anthony Mounier struck a volley from the left side that banged into the net to level the match.
Sensing they had Bocanegra and company on the ropes, the hosts pushed for a gamewinner and got it in the 67th minute when Chaouki Ben Saada's shot was deflected and trickled into the Saint Etienne net.
The man disadvantage was too much to overcome as Saint Etienne returned home without any points for the first time since week one.
Next up for Saint Etienne is home date with Caen.
Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg watched on as Evian played to a listless 0-0 draw with Angers.