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Saturday, 9 July 2016

FRANCE CAN BEAT PORTUGAL,...if....!


France must be very wary when it plays against Portugal in the final of the UEFA Nations Cup, on July 10, 2016 as many other articles have underlined !

Portugal have several well known star players, each of whom could, in an instant, impact the result of the game. 

One of them is a well publicised forward by the name of Ronaldo !   He is talented and tall, heads a ball well and tackles ferociously, but he has a special "gift" !  If ever  he loses the ball, he quickly collapses in a heap and then tries to make "eye contact" with the referee to plead for a free kick !

Such "jinks" with "knowing eyewinks" to the bench are  well documented in televised reports, but some referees have been "hoodwinked" !     

France needs a tall defender to "look after" Ronaldo and loitering defenders to intercept any direct passes to him !  

Didier Deschamps, the French Manager, is certainly well aware of the problems Ronaldo poses !   Referees also, have the benefit of hindsight and will be on the alert !

Finally, if France attacks like it did against Germany and avoids "possessive" football, it could win !  The chances Ronaldo would get should be few, but one must not forget that there are other players in the Portuguese team !

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