RECAP: AUXERRE 2 - 0 SAINT ETIENNE
Carlos Bocanegra was a 90 minute man in his return from a neck injury however Saint Etienne were on the losing end of their Coupe de La Ligue quarterfinal versus Auxerre.
Bocanegra started at center back in what was his first game since mid October.
The loss continues a troubling trend for Saint Etienne who have now dropped three contests in a row in all competitions.
Their last victory was on October 26th in the Coupe de La Ligue Round of 16 versus Bordeaux.
To boot, Saint Etienne have not registered a win in Ligue 1 play since September 25th when they downed Lyon 0-1.
Penalty kicks were what ultimately doomed Bocanegra and company on Tuesday night at Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps.
Auxerre caught the first break in the 15th minute when forward Roy Contout's cross from the left side struck the left arm of Saint Etienne defender Sylvain Marchal leading the referee to blow his whistle and point to the spot.
Benoit Pedretti stepped up and converted the penalty with no problem.
Then four minutes after the break, the Champions League participants were awarded a second penalty kick when Josuha Guilavogui was whistled for a tackle on Contout from behind.
Contout had raced in front of the Saint Etienne midfielder only to see Guilavogui catch him from behind.
There was some initial contact but Contout broke free while Guilavogui fell to the ground. At that moment Guilavogui 's arm was stretched out in front and may have made contact with Contout's foot.
The Auxerre's man fall to the ground appeared a bit delayed but it made no difference to the referee who pointed to the spot yet again.
Dariusz Dudka stepped forward and scored to send Saint Etienne out of the competition.
Bocanegra and company will hope for a return to the win column this weekend when they travel to Valenciennes on Saturday.