Nations League (F): Giuro, Durand, referees… Portugal's progress and failures

Nations League (F): Giuro, Durand, referees… Portugal's progress and failures

Thomas Sinicki, Media365: Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 11:09 p.m.

Discover the highlights and failures of the match between Portugal and France, Tuesday in Leiria (0-1), at the end of the group stage of the European Nations League.

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Grace Gioro

The former Blue captain followed up perfectly at the far post, despite exhausting himself at the end of extra time, to run single-handedly towards the empty goal. The Paris Saint-Germain player was fresh, as she only entered in the 70th minute, and was thus able to rely on her strengths to better embody the French team's thirst for victory, despite the lack of challenge.

Solen Durand

The No. 3-ranked goalkeeper, who entered specifically for the World Cup quarter-final penalty shootout against Australia (unsuccessfully, therefore), made a first-time performance of great importance a quarter of an hour into the match, facing off against Portuguese striker Ana Capita. An intervention that allowed the French not to have to quickly run behind the score.

Sakina Karshawi

If the conditions were not necessarily there to play the best match of their career in blue, the electric battery of Paris Saint-Germain was rewarded for its importance in the group by wearing the captain's armband for the first time. It was also the premiere night of Hilary DiazWho celebrated his first choice at the end of the match.

He flops

Rulers

How did the assistant raise her flag in the 56th minute, wrongly canceling out a goal move that would have allowed Portugal to open the scoring while the passer was one meter in play? It's anecdotal and somewhat happy for France, not to mention the poor Portuguese who have been relegated to League Two and are cursing the absence of VAR.

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Vivian Assi

If Vicky Piccio was more active up front, it was she who had one of the French's only big chances during regulation time, hitting the outside post after the hour mark. The match just before departure.

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