France drew with Switzerland to top Group A at the 2016 European Championships with a no score draw n Lille last night, but it was hardly a vintage performance from the host side.
Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko played the whole game and he had a good game; in the second half he produced the quality move of the game when he surged down the right wing and away from the Swiss defenders.
His perfect cross was met on the volley by substitute Dimitri Payet, but the ball hit the underside of the cross-bar and the ball bounced to safety.
Moussa Sissoko in action last night
On the night Sissoko was probably France’s best player and identified as the Man of the Match in many reports and he could even start the next game in the round of the last 16,
As we all know Moussa craves playing for a Champions League club and his performance will have done his chances no harm, but any club coming in for him will have to play between £15M and £20M to get Rafa Benitez to sell.
This is what Sissoko said after the game:
“We knew it was going to be complicated against Switzerland, especially with the state of the ground.”
“Before the game we said we would do everything to get the 3 points but if this was not possible, it was necessary to ensure we got one to finish in first place.”
“We did it, we are very satisfied. Now we will wait to see who we play [in the round of 16.”
“I saw beautiful things. But we could not take too much risks with the state of the ground.”
“It was difficult to play, especially with balls out the back. We tried to do the best we could.”
Yohan Cabaye, the former Newcastle central midfielder now at Crystal Palace also started the game for France last night.