Anthony Martial: Man Utd signing debuts as France beat Portugal

Anthony Martial with Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba
Anthony Martial (second from right) featured along with former Manchester United players Patrice Evra (far right) and Paul Pogba (far left).

Manchester United's £36m signing Anthony Martial came off the bench to make his France debut in a 1-0 friendly win away to Portugal.

Martial, 19, has four goals in 12 France Under-21 games, but could not make an impact after replacing Karim Benzema in the 74th minute.

Euro 2016 hosts France won the game through a superb late free-kick from Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

They play Serbia in another friendly in Bordeaux on Monday evening.

Portugal, who remain at the top of their five-team qualifying group despite not being in competitive action on Friday, fielded a strong line-up with captain Cristiano Ronaldo joined by former Manchester United team-mate and current Real Madrid colleague Pepe.

However it was Didier Deschamps' visitors who created more of the chances in the first half with Blaise Matuidi twice going close before Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko wasted a good chance as he attempted to pick out Benzema rather than shoot.

Ronaldo was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma in the 67th minute and the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate before Valbuena's curling effort dipped over the wall and out of reach of goalkeeper Rui Patricio five minutes from time.

France's starting line up for the friendly against Portugal
Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir (bottom row, far right) has described the possibility of playing for Manchester United as a 'dream'
Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo
Paul Pogba (left) was making his 24th appearance for France

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