Moussa Sissoko scores as France dominate Switzerland

Adam Pretty

Sissoko's goal was Newcastle's first of the 2014 World Cup.

Moussa Sissoko scored and Mathieu Debuchy played 90 minutes as France defeated Switzerland 5-2 in a match that wasn't that close on Friday.

Sissoko's goal was France's fifth, so obviously the match was well in hand, but he was an instrumental part of the French midfield from the start. That he scored while playing down the right wing will only serve to reignite the debate over his most effective position in Alan Pardew's midfield, but today is about celebrating Newcastle's first goal of the 2014 World Cup.

Mathieu Debuchy had a solid match as well, and while the situation didn't dictate that he overlap nearly as much as he did for the victory over Honduras, he made several huge defensive plays, including a vital tackle in the box when the outcome was still somewhat in question.

Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye also started, and he hit the bar on a rebound after Karim Benzema had his first half penalty saved.

Of course, the margin was such that the miss didn't really matter, but fans who are still sore over Cabaye's departure might take some small measure of joy in this bit of misfortune. He was also booked in the waning moments, and will miss France's next match against Ecuador.

That match will be academic from Les Bleus' point of view, as they will advance to the Round of 16.

Howay Sissoko!

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