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Sissoko, Mapou and Cabaye all play as France disappoint

6 years ago
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Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa all started for France on Friday night but this latest friendly saw the national team disappoint.

Trailing to a first half Mergim Mavraj goal, France only grabbed a draw with seventeen minutes left when Antoine Griezmann scored a fine individual goal, fourteen minutes after replacing a disappointing Yohan Cabaye.

Albania had gone ahead five minutes before half-time, a short corner was worked and then the ball delivered for Mavraj to finish with a powerful header.

Moussa Sissoko played the first eighty minutes before making way for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, the Newcastle midfielder having an average game and one shot off target in the first half being the nearest he got to bothering the scorers.

Happiest of Newcastle’s current/former/loan players would have been Mapou Ynaga-Mbiwa.

Making his first start for the national team in just over two years, the AS Roma on-loan player had a steady match in the centre of defence and played the full ninety minutes – doing more than enough to suggest he will be getting more chances to build on this recall to the national side.

Regular club football giving Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa his chance after being totally ignored by the national set-up during his Newcastle United nightmare.

*** It was later reported that Mapou had in fact picked up a hamstring injury and would miss the upcoming friendly against Sweden.

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