Cabaye Starts And France Win Their Group – Just

Yohan Cabaye started for France tonight in Paris,  and a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina saw France win their Group  D, one point clear of Bosnia, and they automatically qualify for the finals next summer.

Yohan Cabaye – won 8th cap for France tonight

As he did last Thursday Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye started for France and played for 61 minutes before before replaced by Marvin Martin,  as he was last Thursday, but after 48 minutes.

And France left it late after Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko had put Bosnia ahead after 40 minutes,  in a first half where France struggled to match their opponents in Paris.

But France raised their game in the second half, and Manchester City’s Samir Nasri was brought down in the penalty area after 77 minutes, and the former Arsenal player coolly converted from the penalty spot,  to put France automatically though to the finals.

And when Yohan Cabaye came off,  France were still trailing 1-0 and as far as we know he was not injured in the game.

Former Newcastle midfield star star Gary Speed saw his Wales team win again, this time it was 1-0 in Bulgaria, to register their second competitive win, for the first time in six years, and Gareth Bale scored the winning goal just before half time.

Wales finished in 4th place (second bottom)  in England’s Group G with a respectable 9 points from their 8 games, and Bulgaria were bottom with just 5 points.

And Ireland beat Armenia 2-1 in Dublin to keep their hopes alive and they make the playoffs, so they can still qualify for the finals in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

But Spanish referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez wrongly sent off Armenia keeper Roman Berezovsky after just 26 minutes to make Ireland’s job a lot easier.

Gonzales was sent off for handling a Simon Cox shot just outside the box, but TV replays showed Berezovsky played the ball with his chest, and it looked like it was Cox who was the one who handled Glenn Whelan’s through pass.

And then Kevin Doyle was sent off after 81 minutes, for a second yellow card, but the Wolves striker would have missed the first leg of the play-offs in any case, as a result of his first booking.

Spain beat Scotland 3-1 in  Alicante to end any hopes the Scots had of making the finals, and Northern Ireland were beaten 3-0 in Italy.

Spain finished top of Group I with a 100% record from their 8 games, and Italy finished top of Group C, and were also unbeaten with 26 points from their 10 games.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Suppose you’ve had your first therapy by now Ed. Hope your feeling OK. Anyway don’t forget that you’re British and that means stiff upper lip. Wish you all the best.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Was hoping Bulgaria would take Bale out. Looks as if we’ll have to rely on Simpson to do it.

  • surreytoon

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Cabaye had a disappointing game tbh. He seemed to be playing in front of defence and hardly featured in any attacks, let alone the final third. Played very short simple passes and when he tried anything more ambitious it didnt pay off. Why is a player who scored so many goals from midfield over the last couple of seasons playing as a DMF? I hope he doesn’t carry it into the Spurs game.

  • ganiyu

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #4

    with sami nasri being the am and playmaker which is a more offensive role cabaye dm can sit back to defend if thats the case…well thats is for france not for nufc.

  • Colo2

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Poor performance from Cabaye tonight, hope he’s saved his best for against Spurs.

    Best of luck of luck with your therapy Ed.

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Surreytoon @ # 3

    You have first to ask yourself what are the tactics being applied by the French manager and why, then maybe you might see that Cabaye has a very good game doing just what his manager had asked him to do.

    Before putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with anything but 4, the problem with a lot of posters that come on here is that they do just what you have done, they look and only see what they want to see, they never ask themselves if the player has been asked to play those tactics, or in that position, they only see what is in front of them and form accusations on it.

    Cabaye is our playmaker so until you see him play a defensive midfield game for us keep your panic to yourself, if he does have a defensive game for us, then look at the rest of the team, look at the opposition, and think of the game and what tactics may have been employed before bringing your panic onto the blog.

    He played for 61 mins as you put in front of the defence, now to me that tells me they were under the cosh for 61 mins or it was tactics from the coach, do you honestly think that an attacking MF is going to play defensively for 61 mins without being subbed?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #7

    poor performance not only by cabaye but france in general. hope the injury is not affecting him too much.

  • Mac

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #8

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers ED

  • Expat MAG

    Oct 12, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Good morning Ed from Kz

    We trust the treatment is going well and hope and prey you make a full recovery

    Fight the fight bonny lad; you’re a hero to the Geordie nation…….

  • Brutooon

    Oct 12, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #10

    he is not a defensive midfield player, play him at CM or ACM – at his strengths

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Hang in there Ed, the whole of ex Manor Parkers are rooting for you.

    And Geordie @1, ne’r mind the ‘cos you’re British’ malarky….. Ed’s a geordie and thus as tough as owld boots!!!

  • magpie6699

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #12

    All the best Ed. I take it as a good sign that you felt like posting last night – hope you’re OK today.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye played defensively because that’s the role he was given yesterday, hw did a job for team which allowed players like nasri get forward! Think France has similar situation to England, many great players but they try to play them all and it unbalances the side! Be better off picking a system and then. Choosing the best player at each role!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #14

    All the Best Ed,and a good win on Sunday. Will be just what the doctor ordered.

  • WesJameson

    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Firstly, all the best Ed, we all know that you will be just fine, we all have you in our prayers


    Should of got in there when we had a chance

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    lesh, I was wondering if I’d get a reaction to that.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    If doyle is out, maybe best will get a call-up.


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