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Mathieu Valbuena's impressive late strike gave the
visitors a narrow away victory over Cristiano
Ronaldo and Portugal
France head coach Didier Deschamps paid tribute to
his players after they responded to his call for
desire and aggression in a 1-0 friendly win over
Portugal in Lisbon.

Substitute Mathieu Valbuena's late free-kick
clinched the win for France, who dominated Friday's
game and played some attractive attacking football,
despite clear cut chances being few and far

Deschamps was pleased to end a run of defeats in
their previous two outings, and said: "We showed a
lot of aggression, we had some good moves, and
we did not concede a goal.

"Beyond the result against a good Portugal team,
we had the ingredients we needed. We had the
better chances and could have scored before we
"We had a stranglehold on the second half. I saw
beautiful things."

Goalscorer Valbuena showed no sign of resentment
at having to play from the bench and looked forward
to the next friendly against Serbia in Bordeaux on

He said: "It is a group, a family. Those who are on
the bench must be decisive when they get a

"We did a good job; the mood has returned. We
showed that we were together. We had chances
and that's encouraging - it will continue against

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