DIRECT. Euro 2024. France-Portugal: the Blues wait for the opening by leaving possession to Portugal

DIRECT. Euro 2024. France-Portugal: the Blues wait for the opening by leaving possession to Portugal

Kanté poursuit sa résurrection au sein du milieu des Bleus. MAXPPP – Nick Potts

L’équipe de France de football s’avance ce vendredi 5 juillet au Volksparkstadion d’Hambourg pour affronter le Portugal lors du second quart de finale de l’Euro 2024.

A match to follow live with commentary here:

41e : the shot goes over the wall but flees the framework of Maignan.

40e: fault by Kolo Muani on Vitinha at 20 meters. Fernandes will take care of it.

37e: new disagreement in attack with a pass from Mbappe for Hernandez who had not started. Goal kick for Portugal.

36e : new duel won with authority by Saliba on the goal line. He puts back on Maignan for the clearance.

35e: in a duel with Ronaldo in the depth, Saliba intervenes cleanly and allows the restart for the French team.

34e: blue evils are still present. When Deschamps players have possession, few calls and movements are offered to the ball carrier.

32e: the long blue possession ends with a Camavinga opens for Griezmann in the area but Fernandez emerges to clear the ball before the strike.

29e : Leao, again, overflows on the left side and attempts a cross at the near post but it is well captured by Maignan.

27e: on the counter, Mbappe is launched into depth by Kante. His retreating cross is taken by Griezmann whose shot is blocked by Kante.

26e:Leao makes life difficult for Koundé and once again overflows, his cross is pushed back by Upamecano for a corner.

24th: Camavinga benefits from a foul for a charge from Pepe in the back on the right side. Griezmann's free kick achieves nothing.

21e : Mbappe hits the left side and s& ;rsquo;infiltrates the area, his cross is deflected to the near post by the Portuguese goalkeeper. The Blues finally wake up.

19e: Hernandez, at the end of the counter, triggers a beautiful shot from distance which forces Diogo Costa to relax to repel the shot.

18e: the Portuguese are much more incisive during their possession and confine the Blues in defense.

16th: Portugal continues to push, Fernandes takes his chance in the axis at 25m, his shot is deflected for a corner by Saliba.

14th : error by Maignan on a back ball , his missed control gives Portugal a corner. The goalkeeper catches up by catching the cross.

11e : Leao feasts on Koundé d&rsquo ;a backheel between the defender's legs to open the side for Nuno Mendez whose cross is completely missed.

9e: free kick on the left side, the Fernandes' cross is pushed back for a corner by Koundé. The corner does nothing.

7e:it is still the Lusitanians who have possession of the ball, the Blues have not touched the ball for several minutes. Each clearance is quickly recovered by Portugal.

5e: Portugal keeps the ball and looks quietly an opening in the French system.

3e: the Portuguese finally take possession of the ball and Leao hits the left side for an action finally cleared by the blue defense.

1e: first big sequence of possession for the Blues , Kolo Muani finds himself with the ball in the area but crosses for….person.

0e : it's the French who give the blow sending off this quarter-final.

H – 5:France will again play in white for this meeting, which will be refereed by Mr Oliver (Eng). Portugal will be dressed in red for its part.

H – 10' : the winner of this quarter-final will face Spain, Tuesday July 9 at 9 p.m. ;h, which struggled to defeat the host country, Germany, two goals to one after extra time.

H – 15' : recent meetings between the two have always been close with over the last seven meetings (since the 2006 World Cup) none whose difference was greater than one goal for 4 victories for the Blues, 2 draws and a defeat during Euro 2016.

H – 30:despite Rabiot's suspension, Didier Deschamps seems to remain in his idea of ​​a 4-4-2 diamond pattern with Griezmann reinforcing Kolo Muani and Mbappé in attack. Camavinga will have his chance as a starter alongside Tchouaméni and Kanté. No change in the French defense.

H – 45' : for its part, Portugal is well back in its Euro with a stunning victory against the Czech Republic (2-1) before flying over Turkey (3-0) and stumbling once qualified against Georgia (0-2). In the round of 16, the Portuguese came up against Slovenia before escaping on penalties thanks to an immense Diogo Costa.

H – 60' : still not convincing, the French team is no less resilient in this Euro 2024 Only one goal conceded from a penalty against Poland (1-1) and it is defense that France builds its success in Germany. On the other side of the field, it’s much more complicated. Despite numerous opportunities, the Blues have not yet scored a goal in the constructed game: a penalty and two own goals have been enough so far to reach the quarter-final.

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