Nations League | France and Portugal play a goalless draw

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Portugal and Italy retained first place in their UEFA Nations League groups on Sunday with scoreless draws against France and Poland, while England saw Belgium take the lead in their pool .There wasn’t much to say at the Stade de France as a lineup of star players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, failed to put together much of a show in the League game A, Group 3.

The 1,000 supporters gathered in the cavernous stadium just outside Paris to watch world champion France host the reigning European champion were only allowed four shots on target as two robust defenses negated the attacks from each team.

No goals

Pepe came home what he thought was a first game in the 74th minute when he got the Bruno Fernandes free kick but was flagged offside. Ronaldo, chasing his 102nd international goal, was denied by a flying stoppage of Hugo Lloris in extra time.

Both sides are seven points behind, four ahead of Croatia, whose 2-1 home win over Sweden earlier on Sunday was the group’s most entertaining game.

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side showed what they are made of after coming from behind to beat Belgium 2-1 and take the lead in League A, Group 2 earlier on Sunday .

The Three Lions are seven points behind, one ahead of the highest ranked team in the world after the Marcus Rashford kick and the deflected winner from Mason Mount 25 minutes from the time canceled the early penalty from Romelu Lukaku.

Important results: League A: Group 1: Poland 0 draws Italy 0; Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 draws the Netherlands 0.

Group 2: England 2 (Rashford 39 feathers, mount 64) between Belgium 1 (Lukaku 16 feathers); Iceland 0 lost to Denmark 3 (Sigurjonsson 45-og, Eriksen 46, Skov 61). Group 3: France 0 draws Portugal 0; Croatia 2 (Vlasic 32, Kramaric 84) bt Sweden 1 (Berg 66)

League B: Group 3: Russia 1 (Anton Miranchuk 28) drew against Turkey 1 (Kenan Karaman 62).

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