Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko both started for France last night in their great 5-2 win against Switzerland at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, and unlike their last game against Honduras, they got off to a fast start and were 2-0 up after just 18 minutes with goals from Arsenal’s Giroud and PSG midfielder Matuidi.
Moussa Sissoko – after scoring for France last night
Yohan Cabaye was also in the starting eleven and he should really have scored a third for France after about half an hour, after
Djourou had needlessly tripped Benzema in the penalty box.
Swiss goalkeeper Benaglio, who could have done better on the first two goals saved brilliantly, but Yohan Cabaye somehow slammed the rebound over the bar from just four yards out, for the miss of the tournament so far.
But France were still 3-0 ahead at the break with another goal from Valbuena.
France last night were all England were not against Uruguay, they were quick and creative and had players who could put the ball in the back of the net, and they were not tentative as England always seem to be in big tournaments, and it was a really awesome first half performance from the French.
They kept going in the second half with a goal from Benzema after 67 minutes, and then our very own Moussa Sissoko got his first World Cup goal five minutes later.
The Swiss did make the scoreline a little better for them with two late goals from Dzemaili and Xhaka, but this performance has made France the potential favorites in this tournament.
After the game this is what Moussa Sissoko told the press:
“At the moment we are playing very well,” “We are strong defensively but also creating many chances in attack.”
“Our strikers have great confidence at the moment. We’re scoring a lot of goals. A lot of different players are scoring, too. ” It’s great for the team. The coach can change someone but the new player comes in and plays well.”
“We’re a good team, we’re playing very well and we can have a good tournament.”
True words there from the Newcastle midfielder.
In these tournaments, it’s the teams that rise to the occasion that can do very well, and of course France know how to win a World Cup and they have always had talented players available.
It was great to see Moussa and Mathieu do so well for France last night.