Moussa Sissoko and France continued their preparations for hosting the 2016 Euros with a friendly in Paris against Brazil on Thursday night.
France lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Moussa Sissoko on the right hand side of the midfield three.
The team lining up:
Mandanda: Sagna, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Sissoko, Schneiderlin, Matuidi; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezman
The match was live on ITV4 for UK viewers and it was an entertaining affair for neutrals.
An open game saw France take the lead in the 21st minute when Varane headed home Valbuena’s corner.
However, Brazil hit back with goals from Oscar (40 mins), Neymar (57) and Luiz Gustavo (69).
The scoreline didn’t reflect the game though and if France had taken their chances the match could have gone either way.
Benzema missed a glorious chance from only six yards out, whilst Moussa Sissoo should have done better when the ball fell to him around 8 yards out but his first touch was poor and by the time he got his shot away the keeper did well to close and block the attempt.
Overall though Sissoko showed he is a very good player who can live at this level, with both teams playing some great football. Brazil have now won all seven games since their World Cup humiliation and look a powerful side again.
The Newcastle midfielder was replaced by Kondogbia in the 74th minute.
France now have Denmark up next on Sunday night in their next friendly, a lack of competitive games as hosts of the Euros/World Cup can often be a problem for countries preparing for big tournaments.
As an interesting aside, the France team/squad was a big change from very recent times, with a distinct lack of Newcastle interest apart from Sissoko.
The likes of Loic Remy, Remy Cabella, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa nowhere to be seen due to a mixture of injuries and lack of matches & form.