Paris: France drew 0-Zero at house to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday in a cagey conflict between the world and European champions which largely did not stay as much as its billing.
The groups may solely handle one shot on the right track in the primary half, a hopeful try by Antoine Griezmann from the tightest of angles which stung the fingers of keeper Rui Patricio.
Cristiano Ronaldo got here closest to scoring when he fired a left-footed strike at aim in added time however his deflected shot was nicely saved by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Ronaldo additionally almost scored in the primary half however France defender Lucas Hernandez produced a superb sliding block, whereas Ronaldo vented his frustration at staff mate Joao Felix after the ahead skewed large as he met a cross which Ronaldo was ready to show into the web.
The consequence stored holders Portugal high of League A Group three with seven factors after three video games, whereas France are second, additionally with seven. Croatia are third on three after profitable 2-1 at house to Sweden, who’re backside with no factors.
“We were very consistent defensively, but we lacked a goal. We had a few opportunities to score and didn`t, but both teams were good defensively and offensively,” mentioned Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro.
Team mate Nelson Semedo defined his facet`s conservative ways.
“We`ve picked up a good result in a game where both sides would have made the most from any mistake. We have to be cautious in games like this,” he mentioned.
Portugal defender Pepe appeared to have lastly damaged the impasse late on when he positioned a diving header in the web following a free kick however he was dominated offside.
This was the groups` first assembly since Portugal`s extra-time win over France in the Euro 2016 last however the recreation may hardly have felt extra completely different, with solely 9 gamers who began that showpiece recreation beginning the match on Sunday.
Only 1,000 followers had been let in to the 80,000-capacity Stade de France because of coronavirus restrictions and neither facet performed with a lot urgency, wanting content material sufficient to cancel one another out.
France coach Didier Deschamps praised his facet`s defensive work.
“We can always do better, but given the quality of the opponent we took precautions, and we did not see much of Ronaldo this evening,” he mentioned.
“Our attackers struggled, sometimes our movement was not good, at other moments we could not make the final pass.”