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Moussa Sissoko named man of the match

5 years ago

Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye made their first starts for France in over a year, helping their team play out a 0-0 draw that confirmed their place at the top of the group with seven points.

Much of the French media made Moussa Sissoko the focus of the attention after the game.

Two years ago almost to the day (20 June 2014), Sissoko put in arguably his best game for France when they overwhelmed Switzerland 5-2 at the World Cup in Brazil.

That day Moussa Sissoko scored the fifth goal (his only goal for France in 40 appearances now) before Switzerland pulled two late goals back.

No goal on Sunday night but L’Equipe have named the Newcastle midfielder as France’s man of the match.

One of numerous changes made by Didier Deschamps, L’Equipe said that Moussa Sissoko deserved his man of the match billing because he ‘provided impetus and momentum’.

As for the player himself, he said that he still saw ‘beautiful things’ from the French team but the shocking pitch made it difficult to play good football.

L’Equipe on Monday morning:


Moussa Sissoko was not necessarily as good as two years ago…but provided impetus and momentum to the blues.

The Blues have secured first place in the group with a draw against Switzerland (0-0). Usually a substitute, Moussa Sissoko made a good comeback.

As at the last confrontation against Switzerland in 2014, the midfielder made a difference – so who could be better rewarded?

Playing against Switzerland at major summer tournaments have proved positive for Moussa Sissoko. In 2014, at his first World Cup, the French midfielder scored the fifth goal of the Blues that crowned a successful delivery.

On Sunday, for the third game of the France team in the Euros, he did not score but dribbled, accelerated and offered encouragement that he could provide a happier outcome.

Moussa Sissoko:

“We knew it was going to be complicated (v Switzerland), especially with the state of the pitch.

“Before the game we said we would do everything to get the three points but if this was not possible, it was necessary to ensure we got one point to finish in first place.

“We did it, we are very satisfied and now we wait to see who we play next.

“I saw beautiful things but we couldn’t take too many risks with the state of the ground.

“It was difficult to play, especially with balls out from the back. We tried to do the best we could.”


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