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Cabaye Stars As France Progress

20 June 2016


Yohan Cabaye made his first appearance for France at this summer's European Championships, putting in an assured performance during their 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

The result means that both sides progress to the knockout stages of the tournament with Les Bleus remaining unbeaten and finishing top of Group A following their games against Romania, Albania and the Swiss.

Cabaye played the full 90 minutes for Didier Deschamps' men, anchoring the midfield with Paul Pogba and Moussa Sissoko either side of him, and was named by many as the Man of the Match having played a big part in securing his side's clean sheet.

The 30-year-old made a massive nine tackles against the Swiss - the highest number of successful challenges made by a single player in EURO 2016 so far - as well as four clearances, three interceptions and three blocks. Clearly, Cabaye was keen to impress on his first start of the competition, having found minutes hard to come by due to the wealth of options at Deschamps' disposal, and his display against the Swiss will have done him plenty of favours.

France had several chances to open the scoring and the powerful Pogba was often in the thick of it, twice crashing efforts against Yann Sommer's crossbar. Neither side could be accused of settling for the draw which would see them both to the next round as both tried to find a breakthrough, though it wasn't to be.



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