UEFA Nations League - Group A3
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Portugal 0-1 France: N'Golo Kante winner sends Blues into finals

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante scored just his second goal for France in what was his 44th appearance

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante scored the winning goal for France as they defeated holders Portugal in the Nations League on Saturday and booked their place in the finals.

Kante, back in the starting XI after coming on as a substitute in the friendly defeat to Finland, bundled in from close range in the second half.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial had earlier headed on to the crossbar.

And Portugal defender Jose Fonte also hit the post in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains seven behind Iran legend Ali Daei's all-time international goals record, was a threat as always but he headed his best chance of the match over the bar in the first half.

He teed up substitute Joao Moutinho late in the second half too but the Wolves midfielder's powerful shot was well saved by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France had the better of the chances before the break - Rui Patricio saved smartly from Martial on two occasions, while Kingsley Coman looked sharp for the world champions.

They were rewarded in the 53rd minute when Adrien Rabiot's shot was parried by Rui Patricio straight into the path of Kante, who poked it in from two yards out.

The result means France go top of group A3 with one game remaining, while Sweden's 2-1 win over Croatia in Saturday's other match means there remains a battle to avoid relegation.

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 20Cancelo
  • 6José Fonte
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forJotaat 56'minutes
  • 13DaniloBooked at 31minsSubstituted forOliveiraat 85'minutes
  • 11Bruno FernandesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 72'minutes
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 72'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 23SequeiraSubstituted forDias Fernandesat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Borges Semedo
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9Dias Fernandes
  • 12Lopes
  • 15Oliveira
  • 16Neto
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 18Neves
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 21Jota
  • 22Dantas da Silva

France

  • 1LlorisBooked at 62mins
  • 2Pavard
  • 4Varane
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21HernándezBooked at 82mins
  • 13KantéBooked at 79mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 14Rabiot
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10MartialSubstituted forGiroudat 78'minutes
  • 11ComanSubstituted forThuramat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lenglet
  • 8Aguilar
  • 9Giroud
  • 12Tolisso
  • 15Nzonzi
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Zouma
  • 19Digne
  • 20Dubois
  • 22Thuram
  • 23Maignan
Referee:
Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 0, France 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 0, France 1.

  3. Post update

    Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by José Fonte (Portugal).

  5. Post update

    Hugo Lloris (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Portugal. Rúben Dias tries a through ball, but Sérgio Oliveira is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Lucas Hernández (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

  10. Post update

    Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Paulinho (Portugal).

  12. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Sérgio Oliveira replaces Danilo Pereira.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Paulinho replaces João Félix.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Trincão (Portugal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Fonte (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Presnel Kimpembe.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rúben Dias (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by João Cancelo with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Lucas Hernández (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Hernández (France).

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As It Stood

A

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1Poland42115237
2Italy41303216
3Netherlands41212205
4Bos-Herze402226-42

B

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1Belgium430110469
2Denmark42114227
3England42113217
4Iceland4004211-90

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France541083513
2Portugal531192710
3Croatia5104713-63
4Sweden510439-63

D

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1Germany523010739
2Spain52217348
3Ukraine5203510-56
4Switzerland503268-23

E

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1Austria43016429
2Norway430111389
3Romania411248-44
4Northern Ireland401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland431052310
2Czech Rep42026516
3Israel41216605
4Slovakia401348-41

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia42207438
2Hungary42114317
3Turkey403134-13
4Serbia402236-32

H

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1Wales431030310
2Finland43014139
3R. of Ireland402213-22
4Bulgaria401315-41

I

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1Montenegro531162410
2Luxembourg53027529
3Azerbaijan512224-25
4Cyprus511326-44

J

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1North Macedonia41307616
2Georgia41305416
3Armenia41216515
4Estonia402247-32

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovenia431060610
2Greece42204138
3Kosovo402224-22
4Moldova401318-71

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus42116517
2Lithuania412134-15
3Albania41212115
4Kazakhstan411234-14

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Faroe Islands532084411
2Malta52217528
3Latvia504134-14
4Andorra502316-52

N

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1Gibraltar32102027
2Liechtenstein31112114
3San Marino402203-32
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