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Sakho Features for France in Uruguay Win

21 November 2018

Mamadou Sakho made his first international appearance in two-and-a-half years as France beat Uruguay 1-0 in Paris.

The Eagles centre-back was handed a start by Didier Deschamps in his hometown and played the first half of the victory for the world champions, lining up alongside Adil Rami in the heart of defence as they kept the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at bay.

However, according to reports, the Palace man was replaced by Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe at the break due to a back complaint, ending his 29th appearance for his nation on a sour note.

Les Bleus won the game thanks to a 52nd-minute penalty by Olivier Giroud after Martin Caceres' handball, despite also seeing Kylian Mbappe forced off with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Wayne Hennessey was an unused substitute as Wales fell to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Albania. It was another game decided by a single spot-kick which Bekim Balaj converted in the 52nd minute to hand the hosts an unexpected victory.

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