Portugal – France (0-1) – Les notes des Bleus: Kanté to perfection, Rabiot in tune

Hugo Lloris: 7

His first interventions against Ronaldo (6th), Bruno Fernandes (20th) or Bernardo Silva (49th) allowed him to warm his gloves. But his opposite hand parade (75th) on a Moutinho mine saved the furniture and reminded us of his Russian parades.

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  • In short… A captain who set the tone for the collective performance.

Benjamin Surname… 5

Rather little endangered on his side, he nevertheless conceded some damaging faults. The Munich player very rarely crossed the center line and left Coman to fend for himself. But he provided the essentials behind.

  • In short… Shy but strong.

Raphaël Varane: 7

At first quiet during a first hour where he managed by hand, he ended the meeting with a lot of authority. His last quarter of an hour is a model of its kind. When the danger approached, he recalled why he remained, whatever happens at Real, the boss of this French defense.

  • In short… Something to reassure everyone.

Presnel Kimpembe: 7

Le Parisien stands out as the perfect complement to Raphaël Varane. He hit a significant number of fires and, as in the first leg, muzzled Cristiano Ronaldo. There is this ball stupidly lost in the area (52nd) or this marking dropped on Ronaldo (44th), but the whole installs it as the number 1 resort now alongside Varane.

  • In short… He widens the gap on Lenglet.

Lucas Hernandez: 7

Very vigilant and prompt in his interventions, he extinguished Bernardo Silva over the course of the meeting. But the Munich player also brought a lot of presence in front and delivered two wonderful crosses for Martial (42nd, 65th). Trincao’s entry put him on the back foot, but Hernandez never gives up.

  • In short… Digne pointed the tip of his nose and it visibly motivated him.

Cristiano Ronaldo in front of Lucas Hernandez during the Nations League match between Portugal and France, on November 14, 2020 in Lisbon.

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N’Golo Kanté: 9

What a demonstration! He played his usual score made of essential covers and compensations, vital recoveries especially on the second balls. The Chelsea midfielder added a goal full of opportunism which he is also behind. A safety valve that has become an evening hero.

  • In short… There is a team from France without Kanté and a team from France with Kanté. The day and the night.

Paul Pogba: 7

It wasn’t the same Pogba. Mediocre against Finland, “a Pioche has regained its splendor. The presence of Kanté, who frees the Mancunien, is obviously not foreign. But above all he has refined his game. He was first reassured by recovery before launching his attackers with an efficient long game.His last quarter of an hour was a reminder that he was running out of playing time at the club.

  • In short… The return of the Pickaxe.

Adrien Rabiot: 7.5

In a somewhat hybrid role that often saw him take the left wing like a Blaise Matuidi in Russia, he delivered his best match for the France team. With a lot of dexterity on the ball, still with his head held high and his chest straight, he hurt on his projections. And on one of them came the opening of the score. The Juve midfielder has not forgotten his defensive work with a lot of discipline.

  • In short… What if Deschamps had found the key to this left midfielder with Rabiot?

Antoine Griezmann: 6.5

In support of his attackers, he distributed the caviars in the game and on corners or free kicks. And we still wonder how Martial was able to spoil his wonderful offering (13th). He’s the one who created the shifts, he’s the one who aired the game and set the tempo. At the penultimate pass and the gap for Rabiot on Kanté’s goal, he was again decisive. Even if we would like him to take his chance sometimes. In lack of rhythm, he lowered the volume after the hour of play.

  • In short… Faithful to the post.

Antoine Griezmann with Cristiano Ronaldo, during Portugal – France, 2020

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Kingsley Coman : 5,5

Little helped by Benjamin Pavard, the Munich player was often alone on his wing but he did the job rather well, like his strike in the middle of three Portuguese and in a closed angle (11th). Coman always accelerated in the direction of the game with the concern of hurting. Even if it has dropped a little after the first half hour.

Replaced by Marcus Thuram (59th)

Anthony Martial : 5,5

A match like a perfect summary of what he has been offering in Blue since his return. Martial is getting a lot of chances thanks to a real availability and an interesting technical complementarity with Griezmann and Coman. But his awkwardness in front of the goal remains a real limit. The Mancunien failed on Rui Patricio in three clear duels (13th, 42nd, 56th). And when the Portuguese goalkeeper was beaten, it was his post that saved him (31st).

  • In short… He offers a lot of solutions… but only scored one goal in 25 caps.

Replaced by Olivier Giroud.

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