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France defeat Portugal in Lisbon

Staff Correspondent
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On Saturday night France beat portugal by 1-0 margin in Group 'A' of the League of Nations in Lisbon . The only goal of the match was scored by N'Golo Kanté.

Portugal dropped out from the fight to retain the title. France secured the top spot in the group.

France have 13 points from four wins and one draw in five matches. Portugal with 10 points at number two. Although the points of the two teams are equal, the team of Didier Deschamps will be at the top as they are ahead in the face-to-face battle.

Portugal took a total of 18 shots on goal, six of which were on target. But at the bottom of the post,  Hugo Lloris and the defenders determination portugal did not see the net.

On the other hand, Seven of the 13 shots of the French attacking were on target.

In the sixth minute of the match, Ronaldo tested the goalkeeper with a sudden shot from far outside the D-box. Loris jumped to the left and turned easily.

France created two good chances in two minutes. The Portuguese goalkeeper turned them away twice. In the eleventh minute, Patricio blocked Anthony Martial's shot with a forward kick after Kingsley Coman's powerful shot returned in exchange for a corner.

France could not go ahead in the 30th minute. Adrien Rabiot's elevation from the penalty spot was blocked by Martial's head crossbar from the goal. In the 41st minute, the visitors missed another great opportunity. Patricio blocked Martial's slide shot just outside the six-yard box.

Portugal also had a great opportunity to advance just before the break. But Ronaldo's powerful shot bounced off the crossbar.

Portugal fell behind, forgetting Patricio, who kept the net intact with great skill in the first half. There was no threat in the shot taken from the left side of Rabiot. But the goalkeeper of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who got confused while catching the ball.

Portugal, the Euro and Nations League champions, digested the goal after five matches.

Hugo Lloris blocked Raphaël Guerreiro's powerful shot from about 35 yards out in the 60th minute. Shortly afterwards, the hosts did not return to parity when José Fonte hit the head post.

Lloris turned Portugal away again in the 75th minute. After Ronaldo's catback, João Moutinho's bullet speed shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

The rest of the time the team attacks in the same way; But there was no success.

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