Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko scored his first ever goal for France as Les Blues romped to a 5-2 victory over Switzerland in the World Cup last night.

The 24-year-old replaced Paul Pogba in Didier Deschamps’ starting line-up and repaid his manager’s faith by netting to make it 3-0 to France before half-time. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was also on the score sheet, along with Blaise Matuidi, Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena.

Sissoko’s Newcastle team-mate Mathieu Debuchy also played the full 90 minutes, while former Magpie Yohan Cabaye did too. Former loanee Loic Remy was an unused substitute.

The win leaves France on the verge of qualification for the knockout stages of the tournament, with only an unlikely series of results needed to stop them.

Cheick Tiote hopes to join Sissoko and Debuchy in the business end of the tournament, as his Ivory Coast side look for a win in their final game to secure qualification. The Ivorians take on Greece on Tuesday and only need to match Japan’s result against Colombia to make it through.

Ironically, Ivory Coast’s opponents should they get through could have been England but Roy Hodgson’s side are now out of the tournament after Costa Rica shocked Italy and made it through at England’s expense. England now play a dead rubber against the South Americans while only one of Italy or Uruguay will make the last 16.