RECAP: WEEKEND FRENCH ACTION
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne finally snapped their winless streak with a win in Monaco while Quentin Westberg pitched a shutout helping Evian advance to the next round of the Coupe de France.
AS Monaco 0 - 2 Saint Etienne
The nine match winless streak is now over for Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne after downing rudderless Monaco on Sunday afternoon at Stade Louis II in the Principality.
Bocanegra started and went the distance in defense for the guests who won for the first time since a September 25th 0-1 victory at Lyon.
Laurent Batlles gave Les Verts the auspicious beginning they were looking for with a goal in the 19th minute. Yohann Riviere pounced on a defensive error and set up Batlles who powered it home.
Bocanegra found himself in the middle of some controvery early in the second half when his hand ball in the area went uncalled by the referee.
Replays showed that the ball did strike the US national team captain's arm, but no whistle ever sounded.The Monaco players were incensed but play continued much to their dismay.
Saint Etienne put the match away 12 minutes from time when Bakary Sako rocketed in a free kick.
The win lifts Saint Etienne up to seventh place in the Ligue 1 standings with 25 points.
They return home next week to face bottom feeders Arles.
Semmoz Vieugy 0 - 2 Evian
Quentin Westberg secured a shutout versus lower division Semmoz Vieugy helping Evian advance into the Round of 64 in the Coupe de France.
Saturday's eight round match at the Stade des Grangettes à Rumilly was Westberg's third start of the season.
Semmoz hail from the small town of Vieugy located near the Swiss border and to the south of Geneva. The very modest club took on the look of a club that could spring a big-time upset against the visitors from Ligue 2 after the first half was played to a scoreless draw.
The hosts had the benefit of playing in front of their home fans which gave them a boost throughout the match.
Also adding to Evian's difficulty was the subpar condition of the field which was mostly frozen and uneven.
That led to several nervewracking early saves for Westberg who had to react to unexpected bounces from the Semmoz attack.
Kevin Bérigaud was the one who finally came through for Evian with a goal in the 73rd minute.
Semmoz were not able to clear a corner kick and Bérigaud volleyed in a bouncing ball inside the left post.
Pierre Bouby added a second right before the final whistle to seal the match for Westberg and company.
Evian's next Coupe de France match will be the week of January 8th. They get right back to work with a Tuesday Ligue 2 contest versus Laval.