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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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 2, Portugal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 2, Portugal 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Portugal. Conceded by André-Pierre Gignac.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (France).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by João Mário (Portugal).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Vieirinha replaces Danny.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (France).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 11th October 2014

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