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International Friendlies

  • K. Benzema 3’
  • P. Pogba 69’
0 Extra Time 0
2 Full Time 1
1 Half Time 0
12/10/2014
International Friendlies
Stade de France

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      There is the final whistle!
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Moutinho flights it towards the penalty spot but Gignac gets his head to it. However, he can only send it behind for a corner which is delivered far too deep by Quaresma and ends up giving a goal kick to France.
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      Portugal win a free kick 40 yards out and Joao Moutinho will send this into the box...
    • 90'
      We are into the first of an additional three minutes. Can France hold on for the victory?
    • 0'
      That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. Thanks a lot for joining me!
    • 0'
      Portugal take on Denmark on Tuesday and will hope to turn their form around and get their first win of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. France, meanwhile, have another friendly against Armenia to look forward to.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME - France 2-1 Portugal: Benzema's early strike was added to by Pogba after the break as France ended a spell of pressure from the revitalised Seleccao. Quaresma netted from the spot with a little over 10 minutes remaining but Fernando Santos' men could not find another to stop his first gam
    • 0'
      Ricardo Carvalho and William Carvalho will come on for Bruno Alves and Andre Gomes.
    • 0'
      Welcome back! The teams are about to make their way back onto the pitch and it looks like there might be some changes.
    • 0'
      Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME - France 1-0 Portugal: Les Bleus lead in Paris thanks to Benzema's strike after just three minutes. The Seleccao eventually grew into the match, with Nani sending their best opportunity just wide of the target. A slender lead for Deschamps' men, then, though they could have netted a couple
    • 0'
      A fantastic rendition of La Marseillaise, complete with live brass band, fills the stadium and creates a fantastic atmosphere in Paris.
    • 0'
      The teams are making their way out onto the pitch at Stade de France. We will have the national anthems now!
    • 0'
      Portugal have not beaten France since April 1975, when they were 2-0 victories in Paris. Their most recent meeting came in the 2006 World Cup semi-finals as France ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Zinedine Zidane penalty. History is certainly on the side of les Bleus tonight!
    • 0'
      Portugal captain, Ronaldo, has netted three La Liga hat-tricks inside the last four weeks, and has scored an astounding 17 goals in his 10 league outings. France have a fairly prolific striker of their own available, but he starts on the bench tonight. Andre-Pierre Gignac has struck nine times in ni
    • 0'
      Portugal substitutes: Beto, Anthony Lopes, Jose Fonte, Antunes, Ivo Pinto, Ricardo Carvalho, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Adrien Silva, Quaresma, Vieirinha, Eder.
    • 0'
      Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Eliseu; Tiago, Andre Gomes, Joao Moutinho; Danny, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani.
    • 0'
      France substitutes: Lloris, Costil, Digne, Jallet, Mathieu, Yanga-Mbiwa, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Payet, Cabella, Gignac, Remy.
    • 0'
      France (4-3-3): Mandanda; Evra, Varane, Mangala, Sanga; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann.
    • 0'
      PORTUGAL TEAM NEWS: Fernando Santos first game in charge sees him make six changes to the side that began the 1-0 defeat to Albania. Cristiano Ronaldo missed that game through injury but leads the line tonight. There is a debut for Cedric at right-back while Eliseu starts on the left side of defence
    • 0'
      FRANCE TEAM NEWS: Didier Deschamps makes seven changes from the team that started the 1-1 draw with Serbia last month. Bacary Sagna, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye are the players who hold onto their spots. Hugo Lloris is unfit due to a minor injury while Laurent Koscielny has withdrawn
    • 0'
      Portugal's shock defeat at home to Albania in their Euro 2016 qualifying opener brought an end to Paulo Bento's time at the Seleccao helm. He has been replaced by former Greece boss Fernando Santos, who takes charge for the first time tonight.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to this international friendly between France and Portugal at the Stade de France. Les Bleus do not need to qualify for Euro 2016 as they will host the competition, but the Seleccao will be looking to find form under new coach ahead of their qualifier with Denmark on Tuesday. My na
    • 1'
      We are underway at the Stade de France!
    • 3'
      G K. Benzema Assist Bruno Alves
    • 3'
      GOOOOOOAL! FRANCE TAKE AN EARLY LEAD! Griezmann's cutback rolls all the way through to Sagna on the far side of the box and he fires a great shot back across goal. Rui Patricio gets a hand to it but the ball lands falls kindly for Benzema, who sweeps it into the back of the net!
    • 5'
      What a start for the hosts! They had kept the ball well and it was a lovely move down the left that opened Portugal up ahead of the goal. Not the kind of beginning Fernando Santos would have wanted, and he is very animated on the sidelines.
    • 6'
      Moutinho slips and it opens up space for Evra to use. He plays a give-and-go with Benzema and drives through the hole and into the box, but his cross is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 7'
      GRIEZMANN! Portugal are all over the place at the moment and after Eliseu fails to deal with Matuidi appropriately, Griezmann races up the outside and surges into the box. Wanting to shoot with his left, he attempts to stab the ball into the far corner with the outside of his boot but sends it strai
    • 9'
      Pogba displays his strength by chasing back and dispossessing Ronaldo as he looked to bear down on goal! The Juventus midfielder muscled in on the Portuguese's space and took the ball cleanly.
    • 10'
      Nani gets on the ball on the left and he plays it back to Andre Gomes on the edge of the box. He has the chance to try and bend a shot into the far corner but instead tries an intricate reverse pass which is intercepted by the France defence.
    • 11'
      MILES OFF TARGET! Varane goes on a marauding run down the left and cuts a pass back to Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid man fails to make space to shoot and the ball ends up running back to Varane. The centre-back then clips a cross to the back post for Benzema, who slices a volley well high, and wide
    • 12'
      WHAT A MISS! Ronaldo takes a quick throw from the right which finds Danny in space inside the box. He shapes to try and curl an effort inside the far corner but ends up skying his shot! It was a truly woeful attempt at finding the back of the net.
    • 14'
      Griezmann spreads the play from right to left with an exquisite, driven pass that finds Valbuena. He spots the overlapping run of Evra but sends the pass too far behind him and contrives to kick it straight out for a goal kick!
    • 16'
      Portugal are beginning to find their feet now, but Ronaldo seems to be trying to do everything in the opposing half. There has not been much link-up play between him, Nani, and Danny.
    • 17'
      WHAT A CHANCE! Pogba makes a great run down the channel and cuts the ball back from the byline. Benzema and Griezmann are in there but a Portugal shirt gets to it first and clears the danger away.
    • 19'
      France are having plenty of joy down the right and this time it is Sagna who gets to the byline and looks to square the ball across the face of goal. Pepe is the first man to it and hooks the cross away from the net.
    • 21'
      JUST WIDE! Mangala is caught in possession by Nani and the winger races across the box before rolling a low shot back across goal for the far corner. It is out of the reach of Mandanda and it bobbles just outside the post! A great chance for the visitors to draw level.
    • 23'
      Moutinho attempts to clip the ball over the top of Mangala for Nani to run onto, but he puts too much power on the pass and the Sporting winger is unable to keep it in play.
    • 25'
      France look far more dangerous than their opponents when they have the ball and it is largely because they are attacking with great speed and quick passes. Portugal have been largely pedestrian up to now, with Cedric looking fairly vulnerable at right-back.
    • 27'
      The Seleccao catch France on the break and mange to earn themselves a corner. Moutinho's delivery falls to Andre Gomes on the edge of the box and he blazes a shot high of the target.
    • 28'
      Y. Cabaye goes into the referee's book.
    • 29'
      Eliseu passes the ball straight to Griezmann on the halfway line and the Atletico Madrid forward instantly passes in behind for Benzema. The striker dribbles all the way into the box but is forced to try and cut inside as Eliseu catches up to him. He attempts to return the favour for Griezmann but h
    • 31'
      Portugal again look to catch France on the counterattack, with Eliseu busting a lung to get around the outside of Ronaldo. He receives the ball at the byline but sends his cross all the way out for a throw to France on the far side!
    • 33'
      E. Mangala is yellow-carded.
    • 33'
      Almost an own goal! Valbuena's free kick is headed by Pepe back towards his own net. The ball looks to be looping beyond Rui Patricio but the keeper gets a hand to it and forces it behind for a corner kick.
    • 35'
      Portugal are looking to hold onto possession now and slow the tempo of the game to a level of their choosing. Nani comes deep and attempts to angle a long ball over the top for Ronaldo's run around the back and only succeeds in chipping it into Mandanda's hands.
    • 37'
      The home fans have started sending a Mexican wave around the stadium as their side have lose a bit of momentum on the pitch. Danny attempts to flick a cross inside Mandanda's near post and only finds the side netting. Another poor attempt from Portugal.
    • 39'
      Griezmann releases Evra down the left with a lovely pass and the Juve right-back manages to cut inside of Pepe. However, he hestiates before putting his cross in and the centre-back is able to get back in place to block it. Benzema was alone at the back post!
    • 40'
      MATUIDI! The France captain runs beyond Valbuena and fires a shot towards goal from an acute angle. Rui Patricio has his angles right, though, and blocks it at his near post.
    • 41'
      Ronaldo has to do better there! The rampant Real Madrid man is stood up by Sagna inside the box but he lets the ball get away from him as he tries some stepovers to beat his marker.
    • 43'
      France are doing a fantastic job of keeping a straight back four at the moment! Once more they all fall into line at the right moment to play Ronaldo offside.
    • 45'
      Barely a second of stoppage time is played before the referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the half.
    • 46'
      SI Ricardo Carvalho SO Bruno Alves
    • 46'
      SI William SO Bruno Alves
    • 46'
      William enters the game and replaces André Gomes.
    • 46'
      Bruno Alves is done for the day. Ricardo Carvalho is his replacement.
    • 46'
      We are back underway in Paris.
    • 48'
      Sagna attempts to flight in a cross from the right but he sends it too deep for Benzema and Rui Patricio is able to come off his line and claim it unchallenged.
    • 50'
      Griezmann is going nowhere near the halfway line but Nani is overzealous in his attempts to regain possession for the Seleccao and concedes a needless foul.
    • 52'
      WHAT A SAVE, MANDANDA! Nani is stood up by Varane out on the left but he manages to work the ball onto his left foot and clips a cross towards the back post. It is met by the head of Ronaldo and his header back across goal is only kept out of the net by the strongest of hands from Mandanda, and Mang
    • 53'
      Portugal are starting to turn up the pressure now. Ronaldo has a shot from 25 yards blocked and soon after Cedric whips in a cross from the right, but it flies straight into the grasp of Mandanda.
    • 55'
      Portugal are defending with a very high line at the moment, squeezing France back inside their own half. However, with Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe currently at centre-back they could easily be caught on the break with a bit of pace.
    • 57'
      France aren't showing the same level of fluidity in attack at the moment. However, Rui Patricio slips as he goes across to clear the ball and only just beats Griezmann to it to send it out for a throw in.
    • 58'
      SI D. Payet SO Bruno Alves
    • 58'
      D. Payet enters play, replacing M. Valbuena.
    • 59'
      There are whistles inside the stadium as the ball is played back to Mandanda and even more follow once the keeper kicks it straight out for a corner. Momentum is certainly building for the visitors!
    • 60'
      Eliseu finally manages to get a decent cross into the box but Nani is just a little too far away to beat Mandanda to it at the near post.
    • 61'
      Ronaldo claims for a handball as Varane runs across him and intercepts the ball, and he certainly has a case. The officials saw nothing in it, though!
    • 62'
      William Carvalho lifts an exquisite long pass over the defence but Nani's poor first touch sends him wide. He backheels a pass to the feet of Danny but the Zenit St Petersburg forward slips as he looks to shoot and the threat vanishes.
    • 63'
      Payet tries to bend a shot into the far corner from the left side of the area but he fails to bring his shot back inside the post and subsequently misses the target.
    • 65'
      Portugal's best spell of the game has passed without them getting a goal, and France look to be finally finding their feet in the second half. They have let their performance drop since the break, but appear comfortable with their single-goal lead.
    • 67'
      Fernando Santos has Eder readied on the sideline. He will surely come on for either Nani or Danny.
    • 68'
      SI Ricardo Quaresma SO Bruno Alves
    • 68'
      SI Éder SO Bruno Alves
    • 68'
      Tiago is done for the day. Éder is his replacement.
    • 68'
      Ricardo Quaresma enters the game and replaces Nani.
    • 68'
      It is, in fact, Nani and Tiago who make way, with Quaresma and Eder taking their places.
    • 69'
      G P. Pogba Assist Bruno Alves
    • 69'
      The assist came from K. Benzema.
    • 69'
      GOOOOOOOOAAL! FRANCE MAKE IT 2-0! Evra makes a great run in along the byline and cuts the ball back to Benzema. The striker then tees it up to Pogba on his right and the midfielder sidefoots a low effort past Rui Patricio and into the bottom corner!
    • 71'
      SI M. Sissoko SO Bruno Alves
    • 71'
      M. Sissoko comes on for Y. Cabaye.
    • 71'
      MATUIDI NEARLY MAKES IT THREE! The France captain makes a brilliant run through the heart of the midfield and bears down on the box before curling a shot just outside the far post!
    • 73'
      Portugal failed to make the most of their impressive start to the half and now find themselves 2-0 down. There is plenty of work for Fernando Santos to do with this side.
    • 75'
      WIDE FROM RONALDO! The forward is teed up by Eder and his volley crashes into Varane before going wide of Mandanda's post! He claims there was a hand involved, but they were certainly hopeful!
    • 76'
      SI João Mário SO Bruno Alves
    • 76'
      João Mário comes on for Cristiano Ronaldo.
    • 76'
      PENALTY TO PORTUGAL! Pogba catches Joao Mario as he looks to latch onto a pass towards the byline and the referee points to the spot!
    • 77'
      GOOOOAAAAAL!! Quaresma fires the penalty straight down the middle and Portugal are back in this game! They have 13 minutes of normal time to find an equaliser!
    • 79'
      Sissoko does brilliantly to get away down the right and he flights a lovely cross into the box. Benzema meets it at the near post and tries to glance a header on target but fails to steer it goalwards.
    • 81'
      Varane comes across to challenge Eliseu as he rampages his way towards the byline and catches the left-back late. The challenge was right on the edge of the box and the referee only awards a free kick.
    • 82'
      Quaresma drills it with power into the space in front of Mandanda but Varane manages to divert it wide of the far post with a clever touch off his head.
    • 84'
      SI M. Schneiderlin SO Bruno Alves
    • 84'
      SI Vieirinha SO Bruno Alves
    • 84'
      Vieirinha comes on for Danny.
    • 84'
      A. Griezmann is replaced with M. Schneiderlin.
    • 84'
      Joao Mario tries his luck with a shot from 20 yards out that sails narrowly high of the top corner. He'd done well to create that opportunity from Eliseu's cutback.
    • 86'
      Time is running out for Portugal to find an equaliser now! France are beginning to struggle with the intensity and pressure in these late stages.
    • 87'
      That is poor from William Carvalho! With France penned back in their own half the midfielder sprays an awful pass out to the right which goes straight out for a throw in to France.
    • 89'
      Mangala again gives away possession but, fortunately for him, Portugal are unable to create anything from it as Joao Mario's touch gets away from him and Sagna draws a foul by getting in between him and the ball.
    • 90'
      SI A. Gignac SO Bruno Alves
    • 90'
      K. Benzema is done for the day. A. Gignac is his replacement.
    • 90'
      Gignac is given a short few minutes at the end of the game as he comes on to replace Benzema.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Goalkeeper
    portugal
    Rui Patrício
    1
    Defender
    portugal
    Pepe
    3
    Midfielder
    portugal
    João Moutinho
    8

    SUBSTITUTES

    Goalkeeper
    portugal
    Anthony Lopes
    12
    Defender
    portugal
    José Fonte
    6
    Attacker
    portugal
    Cristiano Ronaldo
    7
    Captain
    76'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    france
    Didier Deschamps
    portugal
    Fernando Santos

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 14 11
    Yellow Cards 2 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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