On the glossy paper, the trip to Lisbon, a real final of the League of Nations against the European champions Lusitanos, did not have anything, this Saturday evening, of a pleasant walk of health. It even represents a serious test of skills for a tricolor formation that appeared very struggling against Finland on Wednesday (0-2).
However, France can be reassured by taking a look in the rearview mirror. She has often, in the past, been successful in Portugal where she has not experienced the throes of defeat for 54 years now. His last five visits to this country have thus ended in as many victories. Spotlight on the three most recent.
February 16, 1983, Portugal-France 0-3
Fourth in the world in 1982, the Michel Hidalgo band began its 1983 year with a trip to Guimaraes. In its capacity as host country of Euro 1984, France is reduced to chain, by the final phase of this tournament, a litany of friendly confrontations. In ten minutes, the case is folded. Yannick Stopyra and Jean-Marc Ferreri benefit, then, from the offerings of Michel Platini to show their effectiveness in the last gesture. It is up to Stopyra to give greater scope to this victory in the second half, again after a serve from the inevitable Platini. The two nations parted on this favorable result for visitors, without knowing, yet, that their reunion will take place in June 1984 in a semi-final of the European Championship since entered the legend (3-2 after for the Blues).
January 22, 1997, Portugal-France 0-2
On the road to their 1998 World Cup, the Blues sharpen their weapons and regulate, to some extent, their automatisms. The year 1997 first brought them to Braga. In this month of January, Aimé Jacquet opts for a 4-3-3 with a flat defense, two recuperators, a playmaker, Zinedine Zidane, two wingers, Ibrahim Ba and Robert Pires and a single central striker Christophe Dugarry. This tactical choice is paying off. Against an opponent including Luis Figo, Fernando Couto, or Sergio Conceicao (the ex-coach of Nantes), the tricolors are managing their business rather well. For his 58th selection, captain Didier Deschamps shows the way by scoring his 4th and last goal for the French team with a ten-meter shot in the axis. Ba, who will appear in May 1998 among the 6 excluded from the World Cup, stands out after the hour mark by celebrating with a goal his first selection at the end of an individual action.
September 4, 2015, Portugal-France 0-1
Less than a year from the start of Euro 2016, France is starting its season on a positive note. The only goal of the match is the work of Mathieu Valbuena at the very end of the game. After a foul on Antoine Griezmann in the axis, 25 meters from the Portuguese goals. “Small bike”, which came into play a few minutes earlier (79th), adjusts Rui Patricio with a coiled shot. This is his 8th selection goal. He will no longer have the opportunity to add to this figure. A few weeks later, the sextape blackmail case broke. Like Karim Benzema, one of the other protagonists of this file, it will be worth him to no longer appear in selection. After two defeats against Belgium (3-4) and Albania (0-1), in June 2015, the Blues therefore find the taste of victory. The only downside is the serious injury of Nabil Fekir, victim at the start of the match of a rupture of the cruciate ligament of the right knee. The future world champion will return to competition in April 2016.
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