Even though England were playing at Wembley against Germany at the same time on Tuesday night, we watched the France vs Ukraine World Cup qualifying game, and we didn’t expect France to qualify after being 2-0 down after the first leg in Kyiv, but it was a great game to watch, and France finally pulled it off and were helped big time by two in-form Newcastle players – Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye.
Mamadou Sakho scores first gal on Tuesday night in Paris
And England were beaten for the second successive time at Wembley, and that was the first time that had happened for over 30 years.
We thought Debuchy had another excellent game on Tuesday night, and he blocked a shot on the line just before the break, and of course an away Ukraine goal could have been curtains for France, so it was a vital block by the Newcastle right-back, who is suspended for Saturday’s game.
The fact that France have now qualified for Brazil next summer, however remarkable that was, can only be good news for the Newcastle side who have about seven players who could make the final squad for Brazil – Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran, Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa.
Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy are very strong contenders for the France squad, but if either of Gouffran, Ben Arfa or Yanga-Mbiwa can force themselves in to the final squad it will mean that Newcastle have had a very good season.
And Yohan got some praise in the French press yesterday, and he was called the little Prince, after he helped control the center of the pitch, and Yohan was in the middle of a five man midfield against Ukraine.
Cabaye played for all the French youth sides and now has 26 appearances for France with two goals, and all caps have come since he became a Newcastle player.
Now we need to see another masterful performance from Yohan on Saturday, and from the four other Frenchmen who are likely to start the game, when hopefully we can take all three points against Norwich, and things will really be looking up at Newcastle.
And that would be great.
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