France – Portugal: journey to the end of boredom between two uninspired teams

May 23, 2019 by No Comments


The beautiful poster gave birth to a mouse, such could we summarize this revenge of the final of Euro 2016. At the Stade de France, a den that Portugal found crowned European champion in Saint-Denis in 2016, the he France team failed to set the pace in the first 45 minutes. In question a lack of binding between the midfielder and the offensive sector of the Blues, but also uninspired individualities. A disturbing performance as the 11 composed by Didier Deschamps looks like a typical team.

An uninspired French team

Thus, in the first act, the men of Didier Deschamps framed only one strike, an attempt toAntoine Griezmann in a closed corner following a nice opening of Paul pogba (33rd). Before that, the France team, after a streak in one touch of the ball in the last 30 Portuguese meters, had managed to worry Rui patricio, the Lusitanian guardian, but the head of Paul pogba lacked conviction (17th). In the second act, the Blues did not do much better, only getting a real opportunity by Kylian Mbappé (47th). The Parisian was crocheting Danilo Pereira, his future teammate at PSG, but his stabbing attempt was deflected by Rui Patricio. Too bad, a dry strike at the far post was certainly the best solution.

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Portugal does not do much better

Opposite, Portugal delivered a more successful collective performance, with more pressing and intensity against the Blues who lacked movement and accuracy, without finding the net. Yet the men of Fernando Santos have obtained several opportunities. First by Cristiano Ronaldo, still silent in 5 matches against France, after a nice deviation from Bernardo Silva, but Lucas Hernandez was performing a high class rescue to save the homeland. At the end of the period, 36th, on a free kick coming in from Bruno Fernandes from the right, the Juventus striker could have opened the scoring if Joao felix had not taken the balloon intended for him away.

In the 73rd minute, Pepe thought to deliver Portugal when his head was shaking the nets ofHugo Lloris. But the former Real Madrid defender, upon receiving a free kick from Guerreiro, was flagged offside. In additional time, following a bad raise from Kimpembe, Trincao Ronaldo shifted to the left of the area. Fortunately, Lloris kept watch and repelled the ball in a sublime parade. After 90 dull minutes, Mr. Del Cerro Grande whistled the end of the match. An expected meeting, as Portugal represented a real test for the Blues, but which turned out to be disappointing in every way.

Status quo in group 3

Counting for the League of Nations, the clash between European champion and World champion has not changed the course of things in group 3. Portugal, which has 7 points, remains at the top of the group, thanks to the goal difference, ahead of the France team. Behind, Croatia is 4 lengths from the leading teams and Sweden has still not scored a point.

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