A number of fans have been commenting on Twitter regarding Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko's performance for France in their 1-0 win over Iceland in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Spurs ace was initially set for a spot on the bench but, 10 minutes before kickoff, Didier Deschamps informed him that he would be stepping in for N'Golo Kante after the Chelsea man experienced a muscle issue in the warm-up.
As reported by Get French Football News, Sissoko "put in a workmanlike shift" in the Kante role and "showed the joint most amount of energy tonight for Les Bleus, both in terms of aggressiveness in duels and also in the final 15 minutes of the contest when others’ fitness levels were fading."
In terms of social media reaction, the Tottenham lynchpin was criticised initially:
very little cutting edge from #FRA so far as #ISL play disciplined and play the waiting game, french side not as exciting sans Mbappa, Pogba, Dembele, SIssoko getting himself back in a starting XI says alot certainly feel we could move on from his irregular performances #EURO2020— G Hofman (@gghofman) 11 October 2019
Pretty much what you'd expect from Iceland at home against a larger side. Solid defensively & happy to absorb France's pressure.— K.T. Stockwell (@TheFootballing) 11 October 2019
At the moment the French MF looks to be lacking a fair bit of creativity the combination of Tolisso-Matuidi-Sissoko not doing it much...#EURO2020
Sissoko I agree. Giroud I've justified numerous times - brings the best out of others. Matuidi I can't decide - problem is you can always rely on him and no one else has made left side their own.— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) 11 October 2019
The fact he's a fixture for Juve - under different coaches - I think says a lot too.
Sissoko is so bad, he only passes back, useless player he's been terrible with Tottenham too he doesnt deserve to be on the pitch not even on the bench— arashmihajlovic (@arashmihajlovic) 11 October 2019
get giroud out of the team while we're at it #İSLFRA https://t.co/LQ0Mot4iEp
sissoko really is fkn useless— mo (@vxxrane) 11 October 2019
But come the end of the game there was more positive reaction:
Moussa is doing Sissoko things...— georgia flamou (@GFlamou) 11 October 2019
Disjointed and lethargic from France and Griezmann showed the desperation with that dive but Sissoko worked hard and Matuidi was solid whilst Digne made an impact but Iceland set up well as Arnason kept it tight and Sigurjonsson had a presence with Gylfi Sigurdsson lively #ISLFRA— JNSports (@JNSports1) 11 October 2019
Defence untroubled (Digne's best France match?), Sissoko and Tolisso excellent in midfield. Griezmann took a while to get going but ended up running the match - inc helping in defence. Giroud battled, he and Griezmann made the penalty, and he put it away well.— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) 11 October 2019
Forgot about Moussa Sissoko as well, think Pogba & Kante are the certain and the third should just be adjusted due to opponent.— James (@smhjaames) 11 October 2019
It was a Sissoko masterclass tonight.— Elsa (@QueenOfNWHL) 11 October 2019
Je t'aime mon gars @MoussaSissoko
Olivier Giroud scored the only goal as France claimed a the narrow victory in their crunch qualifier in Iceland, slotting home from the penalty spot in the 66th minute of the Group H clash in Reykjavik after Antoine Griezmann had been fouled by Ari Skulason.
France stay second in Group H behind Turkey, with both teams level on 18 points, after Senol Gunes' side beat Albania 1-0, with Cenk Tosun scoring in the 90th minute, the Turks remaining top thanks to their 2-0 win against France in June, but the two nations meet again for the reverse fixture on Monday.
Have something to tell us about this article?