Portugal faces Sweden in a UEFA Nations League group stage match at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 .Fans without cable can watch the match for free with a trial of fuboTV or with ESPN+. Sign up for the subscription service, which will stream a majority of UEFA Nations League matches, here.
Two of soccer’s biggest teams failed to shine as World Cup winner France and European champion Portugal drew 0-0 in a largely dull UEFA Nations League encounter on Sunday.Two of the sport’s best forwards were kept quiet, too, at a chilly Stade de France.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo failed to add to his 101 international goals and again drew a blank following a 0-0 draw with Spain in a friendly match. He had a good chance in the second minute of injury time, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris palmed away his angled shot from the left.
France’s Kylian Mbappe was substituted near the end after failing to make an impression against the Nations League champion’s resolute defense.The draw means that Portugal stays top in Group 3 of League A ahead of France on goal difference, with both on seven points and Croatia on three after beating Sweden 2-1 in the night’s other group game.
For all his goal records, Ronaldo has not scored in five career games against France and he was well marked by his former Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane.Still, Ronaldo had a first chance midway through the first half but left back Lucas Hernandez made a superb tackle to stop him shooting.Ten minutes before the break, Ronaldo held his head in his hands after striker Joao Felix latched onto a pass from the left that seemed intended for Ronaldo.
France routed Ukraine 7-1 in a friendly on Wednesday, with Olivier Giroud overtaking Michel Platini in second place on the nation’s all-time top scorers’ list with 42 goals, but was largely subdued.Giroud shot over after the ball fell to him just before the interval.Moments after the break, Ronaldo miscued with a shot as a cross came in from the left.