Raphael Varane marshalled the backline in France’s 1-0 win over Portugal which secured his team a spot in the Nations League finals. France were the relatively superior team coming closer to scoring in the goalless first half before managing to break the deadlock thanks to Kante dispatching a loose ball in the 53rd minute.
A big reason for France’s win was their defensive performance as they managed to contain their opposition’s intimidating attacking force consisting of players like João Félix, Bernado Silva and former Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Une victoire avec la manière et une qualification directe pour le Final Four #FiersdetreBleus #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/S0JvtywJdq— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) November 14, 2020
Varane, along with his teammates, was excellent in deterring any true threat from the impressive Portuguese team who had yet to lose in the UEFA Nations League and were unbeaten in over 20 home games. Varane’s performance was timely given some of the attention his recent poor moments had garnered. The France coach and captain had offered their support to the center back in response.
♀️ Didier Deschamps defiende a Varane tras ser criticado por las actuaciones en el Real Madrid— Diario AS (@diarioas) November 14, 2020
️Lloris: "Es un líder de nuestro equipo. Cuando tenemos partidos en los que nos jugamos mucho, su presencia eleva siempre el nivel de juego".https://t.co/3LDvsuJeaL
Congratulations to Varane on this achievement as he and the French team continue to assert their dominance on the international scene.