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Serbia 1 France 2 – Video Goal Highlights

11:06 pm, Monday, September 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 66 Comments

Moussa Sissoko came on almost on the 90 minute mark tonight in France’s good 2-1 win against Serbia in Belgrade.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored just before half time to make the score 2-1 after two excellent Blaise Matuidi goals, and there was no further score in the second half.

Here are the goal highlights.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Friendlies · International News · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News

66 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    People who moan about people who say Ashley Out ! Out !

  • 2 Bournemouth Mag // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Goal of the season contender

    Ashely in? out? Shake it all about?

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Were the commentators speaking Spanish, Jib should know !

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Jail for Ashley out
    Muppets out
    Clowns out
    Drama queens out

    I suppose they all applies to you jail.

    Ha ha ha

  • 5 Belfast // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Danish blokes in Aarhus out!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Absolutemente, pero, muy pequeño, definitely sounds like Spanish ?

  • 7 expatmag // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:28 PM


    Welsh sheep shaggers OOT

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Is catchy still in Aurhus
    Shut it you simpleton!

  • 9 Belfast // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Yep Catchy’s still in Aarhus.

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:35 PM


    What’s it like losing to the sheep shaggers anyway must be really annoying.

    Ha ha ha

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Simpleton that’s rich coming from you, anyway where was I before I was rudely Interrupted oh yes that’s right what’s the latest news on Charlie Austin does anyone know.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Why is it rich, is it because I spell welsh without a capital W ?

  • 13 expatmag // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:43 PM


    Losing what?

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Couldn’t give a rats arse how you spell Welsh to be honest.

  • 15 expatmag // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:45 PM


    I think his mind has gone, if he ever had one, that is………lol

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    I’m off to bed, laurel and hardy it’s over to you two.

  • 17 expatmag // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Must be the witching hour in wales

    Goodnight numpty

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Sep 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Goodnight Sheila.

  • 19 Derek // Sep 8, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    How is it that every football highlights video posted on the internet has such poor picture quality?

    Is there some kind of internet police who shuts down any website that shows highlights with a ball clearer than a pixelated blur?

    Would love to know where I can watch free highlights that are of equal quality to that on the TV.

  • 20 lesh // Sep 8, 2015 at 12:49 AM


    Of course Jib would know whether that commentary was Spanish. He was that commentator!

    Of course he’ll deny it.

  • 21 Munster Mag // Sep 8, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    All in bed? Tsk!

  • 22 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Munster. Is anybody there? Knock once for yes and twice if you’re lying 😉 Has anybody else seen the fuss re the misunderstanding of Sissoko’s comments? Clearly he was referring to Cabaye’s time at PSG, but the whole world is reporting that Sissoko believes Palace are bigger than Newcastle. How thick are some people? He’s seen Palace. He knows better. Mischievous reporting, trying to stir us into turning on Sissoko. The only way any player of any quality would end up at Palace after leaving us, is if he left us for a CL club, failed miserably and realised he wasn’t quite as good as he thought he was and desperately took the only offer on the table… Remind you of anybody? 🙂

  • 23 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    I’m not at all sure about Anita and Colback as holding mids. They appear to pretty much be there to purely protect the back four, but we need goals and midfielders chiming into the box and feeding off Mitrovic’s knockdowns. De jong surely would be ideal as an AM and even a midfield pairing of Sissoko and Widjnaldum in tandem behind because they have the engines to get box to box.

    I understand that Colback and Anita maintain defensive shape and discipline, and feed the wing backs early, which they do well, but the attack is still too often left to run around thanklessly in isolation and so is too often abandoned to look like mugs.

    Mitrovic, Thavin and Perez are better players than to be hung out to dry in a thankless task. You might as well play the likes of Rivierre Obertan and Gouffran. It’s the one immediate and pressing problem for the coach, as far as I can tell, and it’ll be interesting to see how he addresses it.

  • 24 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM

    Jimmy, I think one of either Anita or Colback is fine, but they’re very alike. Wijnaldum and one of them would do me, so Gini could bring the ball out with pace and Colback/Anita could cover. I’d play De Jong in the middle with Thauvin and Sissoko/Perez wider, behind Cisse/Perez/Mitro. Solid defensive and very attacking.

  • 25 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    I suppose that just about counts as his goal!

    Gotta be the easiest international goal of all the time!

  • 26 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:13 AM

    Yes, I suppose those two lads got the nod initially because they were fit, when others weren’t. I imagine it will change. Sissoko was great for us centrally last season, very dynamic, until it all went pear shaped. Little wonder he wants a move, that having happened, a wasted season in effect, two really, considering it also mirrored the one before, in a potentially top class career, but yeah Bobby, it does look like he was misreported in the translation regarding the Palace reference. He’d have to be right numpty to even think they were bigger, much less say it.

  • 27 Spellcheck // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:18 AM

    Surely it’s a ‘Fast show’ commentary. Jibbbbbbbbbb

  • 28 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    I understand Sissoko can’t get a game in the middle for France, and is played as an attacking right sided player, but I think hewants to play there, and I suppose also there for us, which also might be unsettling him. He has to play somewhere, so I’m ok with him wide, although that will be at the expense of Perez or Thauvin most likely also very good, but I doubt he’s entirely happy about playing there, and would like to play in what he considers his true position.

  • 29 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    We all need to remember that many media outlets have an agenda against Newcastle and this sounds like mud stirring to me. It would serve many people’s agendas to turn us on and drive away Sissoko and this, to me, smells of that. There’s also a concerted effort by the media to set Newcastle and Palace fans against each other in the hope of stirring trouble imo. Wouldn’t the media love that as well? ‘Jealous geordies attack palace fans’ would be a headline they’d love to print. ‘Palace fans sick of Pardew abuse attack geordies’ – because you know we’d be to blame either way. They simply don’t like us thanks mainly to Ashley’s press embargo, but they’ve always liked a dig at us over the years. We need to be careful not to get sucked in and allow them to use us. To $$ers.

  • 30 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:33 AM

    I’ll try again.

    I recognise Sissoko struggles to get a game in the middle for France, and so is most often played as an attacking right sided player, but I think hewants to play centralyl, and I suppose also centrally for us, and this also might be unsettling him. He has to play somewhere, so I’m ok with him wide, although that will be at the expense of Perez or Thauvin most likely, who are also very good, but I doubt he’s entirely happy about playing there, and would like to play in what he considers his true position.

  • 31 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    Jimmy, if he was more consistent he might get his wish, but he could get forward enough from deep if he played there. I agree with your Sissoko and Gini holding option as either could surge forward with real pace and power. Will they play there? Maybe not. Gini has shown far more consistency and will get the nod for No10, so Mousa has to play either wider or deeper. Nice to have problems like this though, than struggling to pick a team like recently!

  • 32 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:40 AM

    Most likely just sloppy journalism I think Bobby, particularly if the article was churned out for the internet, but yeah, I don’t doubt there are some to many unscrupulous Journo’s who will stir the pot for the sake of continuing copy.

  • 33 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Not the way some outlets are covering the story jimmy, it’s not sloppy. It won’t take much more of this before the morons turn on Sissoko and then he will leave. He needs to stop talking to the press. He’s his own worst enemy at times, but he has been misquoted – lost in translation – an unusual amount of times. Look how quickly they escalated the Pardew out issue. They talk of mass protests when there’s 3-400 people. Stir it hurt, hurt the club. There is definitely an agenda imho.

  • 34 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    Well you certainly get the impression he is looking for that move, to further his career, somewhere along the track, from the way it is reported, although there have been many and more obvious quotes to believe it to be true. I agree though sports writing isn’t to be taken at face value or even seriously, as a rule of thumb, and I suppose often is, also as a rule of thumb, by those who are themselves agenda driven, even if they aren’t aware of it.

  • 35 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:13 AM

    I think he wants to play CL football and I doubt we’d actually prevent him moving to a CL club if one made a serious offer, but we want control over it jimmy. If the fans turn on him because of dodgy and negative reporting, it becomes a whole new ballgame and we’ll lose out. As long as he talks to them, they’ll keep misquoting him and the morons will turn on him eventually. He needs gagging, but we’d get slaughtered if we try. He doesn’t realise he’s been targetted, but he has clearly. Ashley needs to bury the hatchet with the press – he can’t win.

  • 36 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:21 AM

    It doesn’t matter anyway as long as he gets stuck in. Which he does when the side has been well prepared and has something to play for. He needs to do it week in week out, but he’s not on his tod there, and the club also has a responsibility to it’s better players to raise the overall standard of the squad accordingly. The two issues go hand in hand, and the southern press are largely dismal on Newcastle anyway, particularly the red tops. You can tell when it’s a crock a mile out.

  • 37 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:26 AM

    Yeah Bobby, I agree though, if a section of the crowd buys into it, it can be a problem. The club can fix it though by surrounding him with a squad of similar calibre, and a bunch of other problems too along with it.

  • 38 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:32 AM

    The quality of the actual football has improved already and will only get better as the team gels. They look more like footballers than they have the last two seasons, even the bad ones. Young Cathro has worked miracles on the back four since taking over directly. Sissoko needs to be more consistent or he might find himself benched here as well. Concentrate purely on football now, not the future possibilities and nail down the Euro spot. Let next season take care of itself and shut the fcuk up. 😉

  • 39 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    Ha, yeah that’d work, for the club, but maybe less so the player, because I think the club has failed it’s better players in the past, and this revolution, if it is that, is in it’s early stages. If we were already that competitive, free flowing side we aspire to be, and he was still similarly running his mouth off in interviews and giving the press ammunition, i’d be far more critical.

  • 40 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    It’s such big business now jimmy I think we’d be naive not to think most clubs aren’t targetted by professional agitators from time to time. It’s classic corporate espionage to stir up the workers and it works in football by stiring up the fans. Newcastle is ripe for it and has been for a while. Like it or not – and I hate it – this is what you get when the spoils are so rich. Ruthless tactics. Sky brought this to our game but they also did a lot of good. As the prizes get higher, the dodginess will increase, it’s human nature.

  • 41 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 3:53 AM

    Agreed. I’m off to work. Cheers Bobby.

  • 42 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 4:02 AM

    The player can let his football do the talking – that speaks so much louder than words. When you take all the changes into account, you have to conclude it’s genuine imo. And I think more people are reaching that conclusion every day too. It’s in b&w he can’t change course now, nor do I believe he wants to. I’m excited about the future jimmy, just by looking at the hard evidence. I ain’t expecting it overnight but I think we’re in for a good few years at least.

  • 43 Bobbybee // Sep 8, 2015 at 4:03 AM

    Cheers jimmy – I’m off to sleep! 😉

  • 44 jimmysmith // Sep 8, 2015 at 4:09 AM

    Yeah, I also choose to believe that Bobby, and there is plenty of reason to of course, but it isn’t necessarily so, the past can not be ignored, and even if the will and money is there, the gulf a broad one to breach, but yeah even if we try and fail, it’ll be an interesting journey, Newcastle being such a formidable natural presence.

  • 45 Santon03 // Sep 8, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    If this team without Sissoko
    Thauvin——–Wijnaldum / SDJ———-Perez
    Aarons LW and Perez striker

    Still looks good.
    Tbh I don’t see anything wrong with what Sisso said in the interview. It’s just some people getting little bit sensitive about Cabaye/Palace / pardew and CL football.
    Any footballer will said they would love to play in CL.
    Cabaye/Palace thing is that moving to PSG big club killed Cabaye’s chance to play for France and he has to move to Palace to play regularly, not saying Palace is a big club, that’s my understanding.
    Big competition for Sisso in France squad and even Cabaye plays every week won’t guarantee a start. Sisso’s chance will come.

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 5:27 AM


    Jimmy…I would be much more comfortable if both Anita and Colback were part of a 3 man midfield. They wouldn’t even have to play at the same time.

    Our 4-2-3-1 is without impact. The midfield is completely run over, the defense is just soaking up the pressure and forward line is of no threat what so ever.

    It’s quite frankly boring to watch us under this so-called brave new world!

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 5:29 AM


  • 48 Ron Knee // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    I’ve just read the interview with Sissoko. He mentions Matuidi, Pogba, Schneiderlin, and Cabaye, and says: “In comparison to me, they all play for big clubs.” Did he really mean to say that Palace was a bigger club than Newcastle?

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    It would be fantastic if Gini and Sissoko made the cental midfield positions their own and contribute to a very good attacking set up. Hopefully this is what Steve is hoping to develop, but both are not as comfortable with tackling and would require a better defence. The fact we have to compensate for average defenders has shackled the team consistently and has been exacerbated by poor forwards that can not keep the ball between them.

  • 50 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    On Sissoko,

    It dosn’t matter which clubs he thinks is bigger than who, the point for me is he is always being disrespectful to the club with his ramblings. He is constantly belittling the Toon everytime he talks about his want for a move away.

    Every few months he is reminding these so called top clubs and shouting “Hey, don’t you top clubs forget about me, I ain’t happy here at this small club!”

    The lad wants to go so he should of been let go. But wait, the euro’s is next Summer, I’ll hang on here for another year where I will get a game!

    Bah, the bloke is doing my nut in. Be rid!

  • 51 Ron Knee // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Sissoko’s weaknesses outweigh his strengths so I’d be happy to see him go – provided he was replaced, of course!

  • 52 Lindisfarne // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Regarding Sissoko, I am sure the internation is that his career has been more below the radar than the other players mentioned. He has obviously not attracted an offer that NUFC can not accept and therefore must prove his worth by bringing more positive notoriety to this club.

  • 53 Lindisfarne // Sep 8, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    # refuse to accept

  • 54 Fatman_joe // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Haven’t read through all the comments but I think sissoko has a head too big for his shoulders and I’m at the point now where I’d happily see him leave for the right money. He’s never been amazing, bar one or two performances. He seems to think he deserves champions league but I honestly don’t know which big club would want him. He’ll never be happy so get rid. At the very least drop him to show that the club can play without him.

  • 55 nut meg // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Exactly,use the money to fill the position with someone who actually plays the position we need filled. He wouldn’t be missed imho.

  • 56 Ron Knee // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    nut meg
    Good article in The Mag about our dire midfield situation:

  • 57 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    The team rebuild is a work in progress.
    Surmising and getting wound up about individual players is a fruitless exercise.
    We have been told many times it is a multi window job.

    It is a case of whether one trusts the coaching team or not , personally I do.

    On the road to improvement there will be shocks , fans favourites may be sacrificed , and vice versa , unpopular players used , the coaches work with them every day and know what they are seeing ……………………………… We gave the last lot (all be it under protest) 4 years we can give this lot half that time without demur surely.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    I hope you’re not talking about yourself when saying you gave Pardew time under protest, you abused anyone that dared suggest that all was not well.

  • 59 martoon // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    On topic – did Mitrovic score or did the ball just bounce off him for a deflected goal? 🙂

  • 60 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    He didn’t seem to know much about it.

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    It’s hard to tell, it could be a clever touch or a lucky deflection

  • 62 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    The World According to………………………. …………Jib Jibberish/Jeff………………………
    …………….. yawn —-back to the pit.

  • 63 sing in the corner // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Congratulations. 2 old, tired and naff gags in one punchy short line there. Keep smiling…

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Cheers marra, I will 😀

  • 65 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Ron Knee. Agree mate he has a high opinion of himself. Sissoko cannot get a regular slot in the France team because he isn’t that good.
    It’s got nowt to do with the club he plays for. It’s solely down to his ability.
    If he was a better player he might play for one of those “big” clubs and therefore he might get a game for France or even Crystal Palace!
    I think the original question was why he was hooked or on the bench more often than other midfielders in the squad. Simple answer is; he is not very good.

  • 66 firebug666 // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I think we should sell Sissoko to that BIG club Palace, I’m sure he will love it there.

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