Punished from the 5th minute by a goal from Chris Bedia on Thursday evening, AS Saint-Étienne was eliminated from the Coupe de France. Claude Puel’s men were beaten 1-0 by Sochaux, current 7th in Ligue 2, in the round of 16.
In this new black season, the Greens would have done well without this humiliation. As part of the 32nd finals of the Coupe de France, Thursday evening, AS Saint-Étienne, finalist of the previous edition, lost 1-0 against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, which nevertheless plays in Ligue 2 (and point to 7th place in the ranking).
The elimination of the Stéphanois is all the more embarrassing as it is the consequence of a terrible defensive blunder that occurred in the 5th minute. Upon receiving a pass back full axis, Pape Abou Cissé, as the last defender, got tangled up. The fault of the good pressing of the Sochaux striker Chris Bedia, who took the opportunity to grab the ball and score easily in the goal of Stefan Bajic.
Man of the match, Jeannin was a wall
After this lucky opening of the scoring, FC Sochaux suffered completely and in the end only tried his luck twice in the whole match. Omar Daf’s men had to concentrate on containing the assaults of ASSE, which attempted more than twenty shots.
But Mehdi Jeannin was heroic. The Sochaux goalkeeper, man of the match, for example managed to get a match point from Wahbi Khazri in the last minute of added time.