Both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy started for France as expected tonight in Brazil, but France ended up losers by 3-0, after conceding two late goals.
Mathieu Debuchy – had a good game but then gave away late penalty
The game was even in the first half with Debuchy outstanding at right back for France and the score was 0-0, but the visitors didn’t play as well in the second half, and for a change Brazil managed to score a few goals, like the great Brazil sides of the past.
Their first goal came from Oscar, and the Chelsea forward looked a good player tonight, and after 51 minutes following good work by Fred, the Chelsea man finished in great style, to put the hosts 1-0 up.
After 81 minutes Yohan Cabaye was replaced by Bafetimbi Gomis, as France manager Didier Deschamps tried to add more striking power to the French side, but the French were caught short at the back after 85 minutes, and from a breakaway Neymar set up Hernanes who hit the ball past Lloris in the France goal.
And after having a good game, two minutes into injury time Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy gave away a daft penalty, as he took the legs away from Marcelo just inside the penalty box, and it was Moura who made no mistake from the penalty spot.
This was a confidence building win for Brazil, who host the World Cup next summer and are under pressure to get results, and they have recently dropped to 22 in the FIFA rankings, their lowest ever ranking, and a drop of three places from last month, so this is a welcome big win.
France are rankled 18th with England down to 9th place, and this is now the fifth defeat for Didier Deschamps since he took over the French side after last summer’s European Championships.
He’s lost 5 games in 11 matches and that’s one more than Laurent Blanc lost in 30 games, and there will be some questions being asked about whether Deschamps is the right man for the job – and maybe Ben Arfa will still get his chance to be in the French squad next summer?.
Cabaye gave a workmanlike display and had one good shot that was just wide of the post, and Debuchy could have been France’s best player before he gave away another silly penalty – which he did twice for Newcastle after he joined us from Lille in early January – and that’s one weakness in his play that needs some work.
The two Newcastle men can now have four and a half weeks off before they have to report to pre-season training on July 11th, one week after the main squad reports back.
They both came off the field uninjured tonight – which is good news.
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