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France - Portugal
UEFA Nations League - 11 October 2020
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FT: France 0-0 Portugal. Both sides remain unbeaten at the top of Group A3 after a disappointing stalemate where the attacking stars on show failed to ignite.
Ronaldo almost wins it with a thumping drive, but Lloris manages to keep it out.
Sanches lets fly from 25 yards but Lloris holds on tight.
Three minutes added.
- OffWilliam CarvalhoPortugal
- OnJoão MoutinhoPortugal
PORTUGAL CHANGES: Moutinho, Cancelo and Trincao all come on.
As it stands, Portugal will stay top of the pool on goal difference with seven points from three matches. France will be second. Croatia are third with three points and Sweden bottom on zero.
- OffKylian MbappéFrance
- OnKingsley ComanFrance
FRANCE CHANGE: Coman on for Mbappe.
Ronaldo peels off on his marker at the far post, but can't get his header away. A free kick was awarded anyway. Not CR7's night it seems.
Portugal are dropping deeper and deeper now. France are pressing.
- OffBruno FernandesPortugal
- OnRenato SanchesPortugal
PORTUGAL CHANGE: Sanches on for Fernandes.
Fernandes easily nods Griezmann's disappointing delivery behind. Ronaldo powers the resulting corner clear before the visitors escape with a foul in their favour.
Free kick to France on the left in a dangerous area.
Pogba drills a fizzing long-range strike towards goal but it's straight at Patricio.
- OffOlivier GiroudFrance
- OnAnthony MartialFrance
FRANCE CHANGE: Martial on for Giroud.
Pepe buries a header from a left-wing free kick, but is rightly flagged offside. Still 0-0.
Jota drives in form the right and rolls it to Joao Felix, who sees his tame first-time strike flash straight at Lloris.
That's magnificent covering from Semedo. He sees the run of Griezmann and drops behind his central defenders to nod a tricky through ball back to his keeper.
France have done most of the probing in this half and Portugal have struggled to get Ronaldo into the game.
Pogba and Griezmann search for a crack in that Portugal rearguard, but once again it's a bit too intricate and the ball rolls through to Patricio.
Portugal win a succession of corners, but the hosts defend them well. One delivery required a particularly strong defensive header from Kimpembe as Ronaldo lurked behind him.
- OffBernardo SilvaPortugal
- OnDiogo JotaPortugal
PORTUGAL CHANGE: Bernardo Silva off, Diogo Jota on.
An hour played and we are still goalless. How long until we see the first change of the night?
Pepe hacks to safety from Pogba's cut back after Mbappe's speed had caught Portugal out down the right.
Kimpembe drives into the heart of the Portugal half and opens up some space. Mbappe dummy runs over his pass and into the box, but Griezmann's attempt to find him is just a tad long.
At the other end, Pogba arcs a wonderful pass between goalkeeper and the away side's defensive line, but Giroud can't respond fast enough to get on the end of it.
Joao Felix teases a lifted pass into the box for the run of Bernardo Silva, but he can't quite react and the ball dribbles through to Lloris. A good idea with some invention in it though.
Mbappe fakes the shot and spins into space on the left of the area, but sees his clipped effort well saved by Patricio.
STAT: Ronaldo has played four times against France but none of his 101 goals have come against Les Bleus.
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KICK OFF! Portugal get us back underway.
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HT: France 0-0 Portugal.
One minute added. Rabiot shoots from distance, but it's easily blocked.
Mbappe bursts in from the left. He lays it into Griezmann, whose attempted pass ricochets kindly for Giroud, but the striker's snapshot skews off target.
Defences are firmly on top in this first half. Let's hope it explodes into life after the break.
CLOSE! Fernandes delivers a devilish free kick that three Portugal players, including Ronaldo, are lining up to convert. Joao Felix gets a touch first and can only flash well wide on the stretch.
Portugal have a free kick on the right flank. Can they manufacture a chance of note here?
Griezmann makes a well-timed run into the right of the area to latch on to Pogba's superb through ball. The forward has no support and a tight angle, but still manages to sting the palms of Patricio with a firm strike.
Almost half an hour on the clock and we've only really had that Pogba knock on and the Ronaldo half-chance to talk about. It's very pedestrian out there.
Super block! Hernandez throws his body in the way to deny Ronaldo after the forward took down a flick-on and prepared to pull the trigger.
We are still waiting for the attacking talent on show to truly show themselves here.
Fernandes takes aim from 25 yards but sees his pile-driver blocked by Pavard.
The small section of fans inside the stadium are making themselves heard. Plenty of support for the World Champions.
Their patience almost pays off too. Pogba rises well to nod a clipped ball back across goal, but Mbappe can't flick it home at the far post. It looked like the PSG forward was offside anyway.
France are beginning to probe a bit more. They are being rather patient so far.
Bruno Fernandes floats a delicious ball into the left channel of the penalty area, but Bernardo Silva can't quite stretch enough to flick an attempt on goal. A lovely diagonal run from the Man City man though.
Semedo shows good pace to raid down the right, but his deflected, low cross is easily gathered by Lloris.
Both teams are looking to attack at every opportunity, but so far there's been little to show in the final third.
STAT: France have won 29 of their last 39 matches. They have been beaten just three times during that run.
Giroud is back on with a large white bandage wrapped around the top of his head.
Earlier today, Croatia edged to a 2-1 victory over Sweden. The win means they lie third with the pointless Swedes bottom of Group A3. Portugal lead the way on goal difference from France. Both of these teams won their first two fixtures in the pool, which means something has to give tonight.
- Yellow cardRúben DiasPortugal
Ruben Dias picks up an immediate caution for catching Giroud on the back of the head. Portugal aren't happy, but Giroud does need some treatment for a bloody injury. It wasn't a pretty challenge.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: France have won 18 and drawn one of the 25 meetings between the teams.
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KICK OFF! The European champions get us underway against the world champions.
RECENT FORM: France hammered Ukraine 7-1 in a friendly on Wednesday while Portugal drew 0-0 with Spain.
Today’s match sees Fernando Santos surpass Luiz Felipe Scolari record for most matches as Portugal coach. Not that it impresses the man himself too much as he prepares for game No.75. He said: "I don't care about stats. I never did. I'm not focused on having more matches then anyone. I'm only focused on winning. That's what we have been doing and that's what we will continue to do."
DID YOU KNOW? Ronaldo has notched more than half of his 101 goals for his country under current coach Fernando Santos (51 in 52 games).
Fernando Santos on returning to the stadium where Portugal won the European Championships: "It is a moment that we will keep forever in our memory, but this will be a different match. It is a group match. We want to perform well, as we always try to do. We know France are strong opponents. They are the world champions, one of the best teams on the planet. But we will also have something to say about the outcome of this match."
Didier Deschamps, France coach: "Regarding the final four years ago, congratulations to them as they are European champions. But it was useful to us as we know what happened next [France won the World Cup in 2018]. We just meet again. It's a very nice test between two of the best teams in Europe, if not the world."
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Eurosport match report the last time these sides met.
CONFIRMED STARTING XIs – FRANCE: Lloris, Pavard, Hernandez, Varane, Kimpembe, Kante, Rabiot, Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud. /// PORTUGAL: Patricio, Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Pereira, Bernardo Silva, Fernandes, Joao Felix, Ronaldo.
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