France has fully held its rank. Three days after their 2-0 loss to Finland, the World Champions won 1-0 in Lisbon against Portugal.
This victory against the defending champion is synonymous with qualification for the “Final Four”. It was obtained thanks to a success by Ngolo Kanté in the 54th minute. The Chelsea midfielder emerged after a dismissal from Rui Patricio on a strike from Adrien Rabiot, arguably the best player in this game. The half of Juventus delivered a performance of choice in a formation articulated in 4-3-3 and which was deprived of Kylian Mbappé, injured. The eviction of Olivier Giroud was a strong choice on the part of Didier Deschamps. A strong choice that paid off.
Dominated in the game, Portugal delayed before giving its full measure. The best chance for the European Champions was a head from Lille Fonte pushed back by the post from Lloris. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates have suffered from the comparison with the World Champions. The mastery shown by the Blues in Lisbon was indeed remarkable.
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