Remy Cabella may be struggling just a little in his first few games in England with Newcastle United, but Remy made his very first start for France last night in their friendly at Serbia, and he had a good game in the 1-1 draw.
Remy Cabella – in France’s colors
France had beaten Spain 1-0 on Thursday, and manager Didier Deschamps made a host of changes to the team and brought in Cabella, Bacary Sagna, Jeremy Mathieu, Lucas Digne, Morgan Schneiderlin, and former Newcastle players Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy into the starting eleven.
24 year-old Remy Cabella made France’s first goal in the first half after only 13 minutes, when his left wing cross went over to the impressive Paul Pogba at the far post, and the Juventus man made no mistake from close range to put France in front.
And France had most of the possession and chances after that, but couldn’t get another goal and then with only ten minutes to go Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov scored with a magnificent free-kick with just 10 minutes to go leveled the score.
The game was played in the Stadion FK Partizan in Belgrade, and even though France assumed control of the game after their first goal, Serbia came close a couple of times before half time and one close call was when Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s header hit the bar from Tosic’s free-kick.
But then Cabella had an effort from the edge of the box early in the second half that was only just saved by Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.
France continued to dominate in the second half with Cabella playing well, but when it’s only 1-0 the game’s never safe and so it proved when Kolarov score a fantastic equalizer on 80 minutes.
France are hosts of the Euro 2016 competition, and so will have to rely on friendlies to prepare for that tournament and in Paris on Thursday night they beat Spain 1-0 with a Loic Remy goal, to hand Spain their third defeat in their last four games.
Here’s some video of Cabella last night.
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