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France 2-1 Portugal

France v Portugal
Karim Benzema's third-minute strike was France's fastest goal in a game since October 2006

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored one goal and set up another as France beat Portugal in a friendly at the Stade de France.

Benzema opened the scoring early on from close range, before setting up Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to finish from the edge of the area.

Ricardo Quaresma grabbed a late penalty for the away side as a consolation.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted late before having an ice pack put on his knee.

The Real Madrid forward was subdued in the first half, and did not really threaten until early in the second period when his deft header was kept out by the fingers of France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

As hosts, France qualify automatically for Euro 2016, but are playing against all the teams in qualifying Group I in friendlies as preparation for next year's tournament.

Portugal, meanwhile, lost their first qualifier 1-0 at home to Albania in September.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was substitued in the second half and had an ice pack on his knee
France beat Portugal 2-1 in a friendly
France are preparing for next year's European Championship, which they are hosting, with a series of friendlies

Line-ups

France

  • 16Mandanda
  • 15Sagna
  • 4Varane
  • 13MangalaBooked at 34mins
  • 3Evra
  • 6CabayeBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSissokoat 71'minutes
  • 19Pogba
  • 14Matuidi
  • 8ValbuenaSubstituted forPayetat 58'minutes
  • 10BenzemaSubstituted forGignacat 90'minutes
  • 11GriezmannSubstituted forSchneiderlinat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Jallet
  • 5Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 7Cabella
  • 9Gignac
  • 12Payet
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Remy
  • 21Mathieu
  • 22Schneiderlin
  • 23Costil

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Bruno AlvesSubstituted forCarvalhoat 45'minutes
  • 5Eliseu
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 19Cardoso MendesSubstituted forMacedo Lopesat 68'minutes
  • 15André GomesSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 45'minutes
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forRicardo Quaresmaat 68'minutes
  • 10Alves GomesSubstituted forVieira de Freitasat 85'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forJoão Márioat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4José Fonte
  • 6Carvalho
  • 9Macedo Lopes
  • 11Vieira de Freitas
  • 12Lopes
  • 13Antunes
  • 14Pinto
  • 16William Carvalho
  • 18Adrien Silva
  • 20Ricardo Quaresma
  • 22Beto
  • 23João Mário

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, France 2, Portugal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 2, Portugal 1.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by André-Pierre Gignac.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (France).

João Mário (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, France. André-Pierre Gignac replaces Karim Benzema.

Bacary Sagna (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Mário (Portugal).

Karim Benzema (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Vieirinha replaces Danny.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Attempt missed. João Mário (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Raphael Varane (France).

Eliseu (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Moussa Sissoko (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eliseu (Portugal).

Goal!

Goal! France 2, Portugal 1. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Paul Pogba (France) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Portugal. João Mário draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. João Mário replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eder.

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! France 2, Portugal 0. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Ricardo Quaresma replaces Nani.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Eder replaces Tiago.

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Hand ball by João Moutinho (Portugal).

Offside, France. Blaise Matuidi tries a through ball, but Patrice Evra is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Dimitri Payet (France) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Dimitri Payet replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

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Saturday 11th October 2014

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