PARIS, Oct.11 (Reuters) – France drew 0-0 at home against Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday in a timid clash between the world champions and European champions that largely failed lived 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 his frustration with teammate Joao Felix after the striker moved away as he met a cross 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 starting. this flagship match from the Sunday match.
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 sufficient content to s’ to cancel. (Report by Richard Martin, edited by Ed Osmond)