At 2:45 am on October 12th, Beijing time, a match of the century in the third round of the A-level Group C of the European League of Nations officially kicked off. The last World Cup champion France (currently ranked No. 2 in the world) will sit at home and defend the European League. Champion and also the last European Cup winner Portugal (currently ranked 5th in the world).
Before this game, both teams had won 2 consecutive victories in the UEFA Europa League. The victory of this game determined the ownership of the top spot. It is worth mentioning that this is also the first time that Portugal and France have met since the 2016 European Cup final 4 years ago. I believe that everyone will not forget that game. Portugal defeated France 1-0 in overtime. Win the European Cup.
In terms of starting, the lineups of both teams are star-studded, especially for the French team. Deschamps sent Mbappé, Griezmann, and Giroud to form the trident in the front court; the midfielder consists of Pogba, Kanter, Rabiot sits down.
For the Portuguese team, the old coach Santos also almost sent the strongest lineup, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Felix on the striker teaming up, and the midfielder also has two man midfielder core B seats (Bernardo Silva) and B Fei (Bruno Fernandez) led.
In the first half, the two teams played fiercely. At the very beginning, Portuguese defender Diaz elbowed Giroud while defending. Giroud suffered a head injury and bloodied the battlefield! The smell of the game's gunpowder came up at once.
But Giroud remained on the court after being bandaged, and he was unwilling to end the game like this.
Subsequently, the two sides fell into a stalemate in the midfield and both refused to give each other. The Portuguese team passed the ball more smoothly, but there was no threatening attack. On the contrary, it is the French team. Although the possession rate is not as good as that of Portugal, it can create a threat or two. Mbappe and Griezman are very active in the frontcourt.
In the first half, the two teams drew a goalless draw. From the technical statistics, Portugal did have the upper hand in possession of the ball and passed more passes. But the frontcourt Ronaldo, Felix and others have few opportunities.
In the second half, the French team stepped up their offensive. The Portuguese defense was frequently in urgency. Mbappe relied on his personal ability to penetrate the Portuguese defense, but the goal was successfully blocked by goalkeeper Patricio.
Subsequently, the two sides stalemate again, but failed to break the deadlock. In the 75th minute, Portugal had a chance to complete the lore. Guerrero’s free kick found Pepe. Pepe headed the goal. It was a pity that he was offside. From a slow motion point of view, Pepe’s offside difference was a little bit worse. .
In stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance to kill, and his shot was blocked by Lori and hit the post to pop out!
Ronaldo, who missed the lore, was very upset and shook his head helplessly.
In the end, neither side made any achievements. France drew 0-0 at home with Portugal. The confrontation between the two strong teams ended in a tie. In the standings, the two teams had the same 7 points, but Portugal beat France with a goal difference advantage and temporarily ranked First in the standings. The French team also has no way to avenge Portugal's four-year defeat of the European Cup in front of its own goal. The second round of the two teams will go to Portugal at home.