Playing alongside Mamadou Sakho at the heart of France’s defence, Yanga-Mbiwa was outstanding, although he remained modest after the game, refusing to talk about his performance.
“The whole team had a good match in my view,” he said after the game. “Above all, we’re happy to have won because it’s important to start well in these qualifiers.”
A Ligue 1 champion with Montpellier last season, the young Bangui-born central defender has already played 168 league matches for the club, and he now seems to have made the transition to the national side, although he acknowledges there is still much to be learnt.
“Being with the France team, it teaches me a lot of things and gives me even more desire to work hard at Montpellier. I know that I shouldn’t rely only on my skill. I want to improve as much as possible,” he explained.