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Remy Cabella Stars On First Start For France

6 years ago
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Remy Cabella starred for France as the Newcastle midfielder made his first starting eleven for his country.

After two substitute appearances, Cabella was named in the eleven for France’s latest friendly on Sunday night, away to Serbia.

For Newcastle fans there was a familiar look to the French front six, with Cabella lining up alongside Moussa Sissoko and the departed Yohan Cabaye & Loic Remy.

Remy Cabella made his mark in the thirteenth minute with his whipped in corner eluding everybody, allowing Paul Pogba to finish at the far post.

Cabella was instrumental in France’s forward play and linked up well with the likes of Pogba and lone striker Loic Remy.

Just after half-time Loic Remy was crowded out by defenders on the edge of the box, only for Cabella to arrive late and be denied by a first international goal thanks to a brilliant save from Stojkovic in the Serbian goal.

This was quickly followed by a class step over on the edge of the box which allowed the ball to run to Loic Remy, he laid it off for the Newcastle man whose excellent ball across the box saw the striker inches away from making it 2-0.

Cabella still wasn’t done and Remy’s early ball sent him one on one with the last defender, his trademark step over allowed him to make room to shoot with his left but his weak shot let him down.

A number of substitutions then followed with Lacazette replacing Cabella and Benzema for Remy on 60 minutes, Valbuena on for Sissoko on 82 minutes, whilst Cabaye played the full match. Sissoko was returned to his usual wide right role after playing in the middle against Spain when the French won 1-0 earlier in the week.

Manchester City’s Kolarov was the spoiler though on Remy Cabella’s first start, his rocket of a free-kick from 30 yards with ten minutes to go meant the match ended 1-1.

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