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A rare night for Newcastle United and France

6 years ago
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It was a rare occasion for Newcastle United and France in Marseille on Tuesday night.

The first time, in a long time, when I can remember there being no Newcastle player from the past or present, in the French team.

No Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko or Remy Cabella in the starting eleven.

Though Andre-Pierre Gignac who has again been linked with Newcastle this week, was the sole striker.

The French team that started the game;

France: Mandanda, Sagna, Mangala, Varane, Kurzawa, Pogba, Guilavogui, Valbuena, Payet, Griezmann, Gignac.

France dominated the match throughout but left it to only six minutes left before scoring the winner.

Varane scoring with his head from a corner to defeat Sweden 1-0.

Moussa Sissoko did join the action with half an hour to go when he replaced Payet, and only five minutes before the eventual winner, he almost did the trick himself.

Showing similar attacking intention as in recent appearances in black and white, the Newcastle midfielder powered into the box before seeing his well struck drive turned away by Isaksson in the Swedish goal.

After playing eighty minutes against Albania only four days earlier, Alan Pardew will have been relieved to see his ‘battering ram’ and Yohan Cabaye replacement (as described yesterday in an interview by the Newcastle manager) only given that final thirty minutes.

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