Saturday night also saw this season’s Ligue 1 campaign come to an end this season. With Paris Saint-Germain having already secured the title with two weeks to go the spotlight dropped to the relegation battle.
It couldn’t have been set up any better. FC Sochaux in 18th took on Evian Thonon Gaillard in 17th. Only one point separated the two sides and there was everything to play for as both sides tried to salvage their place in Ligue 1.
Going into the game Sochaux hadn’t faced defeat in their last seven games, a run of four wins and three draws saw them rise from relegation certainties to survival hopefuls.
With eight minutes gone, Evian silenced the Stade Auguste Bonal when Danish international Daniel Wass scored a sensational volley to give the away side the lead. It was a stunning strike and would be the catalyst in Evian’s 3-0 victory as they put the nail in Sochaux’s coffin.
The goal was the ninth of the season for Wass and he has been one of the brightest stars of the season. Very underrated due to Evian’s poor season, but this is a team that has beaten PSG, Monaco, Marseille and Lyon this campaign, with Wass as the architect for most of those victories.
It is unclear whether Wass will return to Evian next summer as he has been linked with a move away and was quoted this week about his future (in French): "I hope a transfer this summer, although I wish the best to Evian. I've been here three years and this is probably the time to try something new."
Those quotes came before his fantastic performance on Saturday, he added his second and Evian's third in the 72nd minute and also had a hand in their second. Without the performances of Wass there is little doubt that Evian would not be looking forward to another season in Ligue 1