UEFA Nations League: Portugal x France Preview (Update Renato Sanches Released)

UPDATE: Renato Sanches released from the Selecao, due to muscular injury. Domingos Duarte is also not in UEFA list for tonight’s match. Mbappé is out for France with injury.

France travel to Lisbon to play Portugal with qualification for the knockout stages of the tournament on the line.

The two teams played last month and drew 0-0 in Paris.

On Wednesday, France fell in a surprising 2-0 home upset to Finland in a friendly. Portugal cruised past Andorra 7-0.

Portugal has played France 26 total times. The French have won 18, Portugal six and there have been two draws. The most prominent match, of course, was Portugal defeating France in Paris on a late goal by Eder to win EURO 2016.

Portugal, the defending Nations League champions, lead on goal difference (Portugal +8, France +4).

Per UEFA, Tiebreakers for group ranking (Top 4 tie-breaks)
  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;

Portugal Form: W-W-D-D-W

France Form: L-W-D-W-W

Predicted Portugal XI (4-3-3): Patricio; Cancelo, Dias, Ruben Semedo, Guerreiro; Neves, William, Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Felix, Cristiano

Predicted France XI (4-3-1-2): Lloris; Leo Dubois, Varane, Clement Lenglet, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Pogba, Corentin Tolisso; Antoine Griezmann; Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud


GK: Rui Patrício, Anthony Lopes, Rui Silva

D: Nélson Semedo, João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, José Fonte, Rúben Semedo, Domingos Duarte, Raphael Guerreiro, Mário Rui

M: William Carvalho, Danilo, Rúben Neves, Moutinho, Sérgio Oliveira, Bruno Fernandes

F: Bernardo Silva, Pedro Neto, Trincão, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, João Félix, Paulinho

11 November, 2020
Estádio da Luz – Lisbon
Referee: Alain Bieri (Switzerland)
Goals: Neto 8, Renato Sanches 56, Paulinho 29, 61, Emili Garcia (owg) 76, Cristiano Ronaldo 85, João Félix 88

Portugal:Anthony Lopes; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Semedo, Domingos Duarte, Mário Rui, João Moutinho (Danilo 74), Renato Sanches (William 63), Sérgio Oliveira, (Bernado SIlva 46) Francisco Trincão (Jota 74), Paulinho (Felix 63), Pedro Neto (Cristiano 46)

Andorra: Josep Gomes; Jordi Rubio, Adrià Rodrigues, Emili Garcia, Marc Rebés (Alavedra 59), Marc Garcia (M.S. Nicola 46); Cristian Martínez (Ludovic 69), Marc Pujol (Sergo Moreno 80), Joan Cervós (Alexander Martinez 69); Marcio Vieira (Alaez 59), Aaron Sánchez

NOTES: Portugal has never lost to Andorra in six all-time matches…Cristiano scored his 102nd goal for Portugal. He needs eight to break all-time international record…Paulinho, Neto and Domingos Duarte made their debuts…Andorra did not get to attempt any shots in the loss. 




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