RECAP: WEEKEND FRENCH ACTION
The only American in action in France, Carlos Bocanegra and St. Etienne were tripped up by Bordeaux
Bordeaux 2 - 0 St. Etienne
Bordeaux leapfrogged St. Etienne in the standings thanks to goals from Jaroslav Plasil and Cheick Tidiane Diabate.
Carlos Bocanegra started and went the distance for the Greens in the losing effort.
Plasil put the hosts ahead in Chaban-Delmas Stadium at the quarter-hour mark after scooping in a loose ball. Anthony Modeste tested Stephanois guardian Jérémie Janot with a bending strike from the left corner of the box that the French keeper had to deflect into open space in front of the net. The Czech midfielder made no mistake with a tap-in, his career high fourth of the season, and the 1-0 lead.
The hosts held the advantage throughout the evening and doubled it with a minute left to go thanks to 76th minute sub Cheick Tidiane Diabate. Having entered for Modeste, the Mailian fielded a pass from Alou Diarra, shook off defender Sylvain Marchal with a spin move, and delivered a left-footer just inside the right post to put the game away.
With the result, Bordeux move up to sixth place with 44 points on goal difference, leaving St. Etienne in seventh with a nine-point gap distancing them from any chance of playing in European competition next season.
St. Etienne regroup at home next Sunday to host AS Monaco entering the final month of the regular season.
Quentin Westberg was not on the Evian TG FC bench for the scoreless draw against Le Havre AC on Friday night.