France 0-0 Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo and Co remain at the top of the Nations League group on goal difference after a tight deadlock
- The first half was played at a high pace but did not have clear cut chances
- Pepe got the ball in the net with a header but was narrowly offside
- The draw leaves both teams with seven points, four without Croatia and Sweden
France drew 0-0 at home against Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday in a timid clash between the world and European champions that did not live up to its bill.
The teams were only able to pull off a shot on target in the first half, a hopeful attempt by Antoine Griezmann from the tightest angles that stung the hands of goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Cristiano Ronaldo came close to the goal when he landed a left-footed strike on goal in added time, but his deflected shot was well saved by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Ronaldo also came close to scoring in the first half, but French defender Lucas Hernandez produced an excellent slip block, while Ronaldo expressed frustration with teammate Joao Felix after the striker moved away as he encountered a center that Ronaldo was waiting to turn into the net.
Portugal defender Pepe appeared to have finally broken the deadlock by placing a diving header into the net after a free kick, but he was ruled offside.
It was the teams’ first meeting since Portugal won extra time against France in the Euro 2016 final, but the game couldn’t have felt more different, with just nine players having started this flagship match from the match on Sunday.
Only 1,000 fans were allowed into the 80,000-seat Stade de France due to coronavirus restrictions and neither side played with much urgency, seeking enough content to s ‘to cancel.