France drew 1-1 with Albania in Lorient last night, and it took a goal from former Newcastle target Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd minute for the Euro 2016 hosts to get the draw.
Antoine Griezmann – after scoring equalizer for France last night
Hugo Lloris also made several good saves to keep France in the game after Albania had gone ahead after 41 minutes with a powerful header from Memushaj.
Newcastle players Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa both started for France, as did Newcastle striker target Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon.
It was Moussa’s 25th cap for France, and he is certainly getting lots of games for his country after signing on at Newcastle early last year.
Yanga-Mbiwa on loan at Roma picked up his third cap, as he played the whole game while Moussa was withdrawn after 80 minutes.
Unfortunately for Roma – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has now left the France camp with a muscular injury to his right thigh, and he picked that up during the game, and is back in Rome having treatment.
Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye also started for France for his 37th cap and played for 59 minutes before being replaced by the goalscorer Griezmann.
French manager Didier Deschamps is showing loyalty to the former Newcastle midfielder, in spite of the struggles Yohan is having to get games at PSG.
France were less than impressive against Albania last night, especially in defense.
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