RECAP: WEEKEND FRENCH ACTION
The Round of 64 in the Coupe de France saw Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne get upended at home versus Ligue 2's Clermont while Quentin Westberg was clutch in goal during Evian's upset of Marseille.
Saint Etienne 0 - 2 Clermont
Carlos Bocanegra tasted Coupe De France disappointment for the second year in a row as Ligue 2 club Clermont shocked Saint Etienne on Saturday afternoon at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard in Saint Etienne.
Bocanegra started and played the first 63 minutes before getting substituted out in the 63rd minute in place of Argentine forward Gonzalo Bergessio.
It was the second consecutive year that Bocanegra has suffered a Coupe de France loss to lower league competition.
Last season while at Rennes, the Californian and his teammates were humbled by fourth division Quevilly.
Les Verts dug themselves in an early hole as Clermont struck in just the fourth minute of action.
Guillaume Moullec slid in a ball to Sloan Privat and the on-loan striker from Sochaux calmly stroked it home in front of the stunned home audience.
Saint Etienne tried to respond but time and again they were stopped by their Ligue 2 counterparts who used Privat's speed and quickness to flummox Bocanegra and the Saint Etienne defense.
The aggressive play from the visitors resulted in another goal in the 58th minute as Nicolas Haquin rocketed in a shot that ultimately sealed the match.
Saint Etienne will look to regroup next weekend when they return to Ligue 1 action versus Lens.
Evian 3 - 1 Marseille
Quentin Westberg came up with a massive effort for Evian who boondoggled 10-time Coupe de France winners Olympique Marseille in their Round of 64 cup match-up in Annecy on Sunday.
Westberg was tabbed as the starter before the match by head coach Bernard Casoni and the American netminder did not disappoint in what will largely be considered one of the biggest upsets of the tournament thus far.
The Ligue 2 leaders jumped on their prestigious guests from the opening whistle with two goals in the first 15 minutes that catapulted them to victory.
However before the early Evian goals, Westberg was tested by the Marseille attack. Brazilian Brandăo had an open look at goal in the second minute but the former US Under-20 man was up for the save.
Six minutes later, Marseille defender Leyti N'Diaye nearly smacked a header past Westberg but the crossbar would come to the rescue leaving the match scoreless.
In the 12th minute Evian opened their scoring when Cédric Barbosa rushed through the Marseille defense and slotted home the goal.
Three minutes later the margin doubled when Yannick Sagbo snuck in behind the Marseille defense and got the final touch on long free kick that had looped into the area.
It took Marseille until the 59th minute before they responded with a goal however it came with a bit of luck.
A ball into the area deflected off of Evian's Cédric Cambon and Westberg could only watch helplessly as it trickled into the net.
Sensing some vulnerability from their lower division foes, Marseille pressed harder hoping to find an equalizer. Several opportunuties came close including a Lucho González header that rang off the post but Westberg and the Evian defense held firm.
With the Marseille back line clearly exposed, Evian managed to put the match away with an 86th minute goal off of a Kévin Bérigaud header that sent the faithful at Parc des Sports into delirium.
Westberg and Evian now face Strasbourg in the next round of the competition in two weeks time.
They return to Ligue 2 action next weekend at Vannes.
Charlie Davies did not make the gameday roster for Sochaux who defeated lower division Jarville 0-1.