Geoffroy-Guichard shouted, encouraged and then finally whistled. In an atmosphere worthy of Ligue 1 before the match, the 17,000 supporters were treated to a sad spectacle on the lawn. For the premiere of Emerick Darbelet after seven years under the orders of Laurent Peyrelade, Rodez dominated the game in all respects (2-0). The Stéphanois never seemed to take the measure of the issue surrounding the meeting, between 18th and 19th in Ligue 2.
Overwhelmed in duels and intensity, frustrated and even sometimes smug, the Greens were taken by the throat by the RAF. And after several chances, Senaya opened the scoring thanks to a lucky counter from Despres (54th). A few minutes later, the unfortunate Namri scored against his camp on a well-worked free kick from Rajot (61st).
Clown masks and banners in the stands
The cup was full and the Saint-Etienne public made it clear to the players by taking out the clown masks, the mocking songs and the incendiary banners. On the lawn, the latter drank the chalice to the dregs with the expulsion of Giraudon for a gesture of humor (68th). It was too much for the kop, a good part of which left the stands before the end of the meeting. The others stayed only to express their displeasure one last time, with a memorable bronca at the final whistle.
Saint-Etienne slips behind his opponent of the day and finds himself provisionally 19th before the break, with a game in advance.