Throughout the World Cup we have been looking back at how Palace’s international players have fared in their careers representing their countries. With France in action today in the last-16, we recall Yohan Cabaye’s four goals in the famous blue shirt.
When Yohan Cabaye hits the back of the net it is usually with a spectacular finish or finishing off an intricate, well-worked move, and that is especially true when you look back at his previous international goals.
The Palace midfielder has been capped 48 times by his country since making his debut in 2010 and has hit the back of the net four times since then – and here they are:
Goal 1: Ukraine 0-2 France – June 2012
Donbass Arena, Donetsk – Euro 2012
If you could pick the perfect time to score your first goal for your country, then at the finals of major championships would probably be it. This is exactly what Cabaye achieved during the group stages of Euro 2012 when he netted France’s second in a win against co-hosts Ukraine.
Karim Benzema threaded a pin-point through-ball between the defence that gave the midfielder his chance, and after escaping past Oleg Gusev he arrowed a shot through his legs and into the bottom corner, out of the despairing reach of Andriy Pyatov.
Goal 2: France 6-0 Australia – November 2013
Parc des Princes, Paris – Friendly
France ran riot in this game against the Aussies, cruising into a four-goal lead by half-time on what proved to be a very unhappy day for a future midfield partner of Cabaye’s – Mile Jedinak.
With their opponents falling apart, Les Bleus took a quick throw-in to Samir Nasri who squared for Franck Ribery, and he teed up Cabaye to emphatically drill the ball first-time through the legs of David Carney to put his team 4-0 up after just 29 minutes.
Goal 3: France 8-0 Jamaica – June 2014
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille - Friendly
Didier Deschamps’ team warmed up for the World Cup in style by thrashing the Reggae Boyz by an even larger margin than Australia, with another then-Eagle on the receiving end of a thumping.
Playing in front of his friends and family in his hometown of Lille, Cabaye began the rout after 17 minutes. Picking up the ball around the halfway line, he nodded it to Mathieu Valbuena and embarked on a deep run which allowed him to latch onto Olivier Giroud’s cushioned header and fire home, despite pressure from his future teammate Adrian Mariappa.
Goal 4: France 4-0 Armenia – October 2015
Allianz Riviera, Nice – Friendly
The hosts' preparations for Euro 2016 continued as they once again recorded an emphatic win against the European minnows, with Cabaye grabbing the second in a four-goal victory in the south of France.
Once again Valbuena was involved as he found space on the left and waited for the Palace man to arrive on the edge of the box, and he whipped the ball around a defender and into the bottom corner to set his side on the way for another comfortable win.