UEFA Nations League: Portugal 0-1 France; Box Score + Statistics Summary + Quotes

14 November, 2020
Nations League 
Estádio da Luz – Lisbon
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Goal: Kanté 54′

Portugal: Rui Patrício; João Cancelo, José Fonte, Rúben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Danilo (Sérgio Oliveira 84), Bruno Fernandes (Moutinho 72), William Carvalho (Jota 56); Bernardo Silva (Trincão  71), João Félix (Paulinho 84), Cristiano Ronaldo

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández; Kanté, Rabiot, Pogba; Coman (Thuram 59), Martial (Giroud 78), Griezmann

NOTES:  It was only Portugal’s second defeat since the 2018 World Cup…They lose a match in the Nations League for the first time…João Moutinho becomes Portugal’s second most-capped player with 128, overtaking Figo for second place…Earlier today Renato Sanches was released from the squad due to a muscular issue…Portugal play at Croatia on Tuesday to finish group play…Cristiano remains with 102 career international goals. He needs 8 to break all-time record.  

Possession: P 49%, F 51%
Shots: P 18, F 12
Shots On Goals: P 5 , F 7
Passes: P 549, F 539
Passing Accuracy: P 85%, F 83%
Corners: P 8, F 4
Offsides: P 4, F 0
Yellows: P 1, F 3
Reds: None
Fouls: P 15, F 17


Ruben Dias
“It was a very balanced game. We are not happy with the result, we really wanted to advance. These things happen in football. But we left with the feeling that we were not the most effective team, but we are capable of playing against any team in the world.”

Fernando Santos
“I told the players at the break that we couldn’t always let France have spaces to play. Then we tried to attack the corners more and we started better in the 2nd half, but we conceded a goal like that … well that was it.”

“In France (0-0 a month ago), nobody asked me about Jota (in the XI). We know that Jota is a player of great quality, but Bernardo, Cristiano and Félix are too. If one of these hadn’t played, I would have been asked why. It’s perfectly normal to ask that after the game. I understand the question. But the team’s problem was not there, it was in the collective.”

“We weren’t very aggressive in the game, especially in the first half. We allowed France to do a lot, to have possession of the ball, to be comfortable. They made us run a bit and we did not adapt to the tactics that they imposed on us.”

“We were playing against the world champions, they also have great talent. There were opportunities for both sides, but they were more effective and then at the disadvantage it just became more difficult. They knew how to manage the game. It was not our day.”

Source TF1: Didier Deschamps
“We deserved the win and we’ve fulfilled our objective of finishing top. I’m very proud of the players. They proved tonight that France are still a great team.”




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