TRAFTON KENNEY - Sunday, October 3, 2010
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint-Etienne slipped to second place over the weekend after a tough draw to Marseille on Saturday night.
The American defender started and played the full 90 minutes for the sixth consecutive game.
Former Toulouse forward André-Pierre Gignac finally opened his account for Marseille in the 27th minute, finishing into the bottom right corner after a well-played through ball from Lucho Gonzalez.
Les Verts were nearly caught off guard again just after the half hour mark when Mathieu Valbuena shot from distance but his effort struck the crossbar.
The hosts finally leveled in the 59th minute when Dimitri Payet played Blaise Matuidi down the left wing and the midfielder crossed to Laurent Batlles in the middle who finished for the tying goal.
Saint-Etienne next face Nice at the Stade Municipal du Ray on October 16th.