Soccer....and in Paris, France beat a visiting Portuguese team two-nil in a friendly match on?
TV PAN: Portugal, in all white, kick off and pass ball upfield.
TV: ball moves out to right wing where Portuguese forward shoots high over bar.
TV PAN FROM: corner-France gain possession and Sahnoun is fouled in opposite corner.
TV: Janvion takes kick and after keeper has fisted ball away bernard Baroachelli vollies ball over goalkeeper and defenders into net. Players congratulate each other.
SV: scoreboard 1-0 France.
TV: Alves of Portugal puts ball into French net but is ruled offside and Portuguese players surround referee.
TV: Portuguese reserves watching.
TV: France in possession...ball comes to Baronchelli on right who crosses it for Marc Berdoll to head against post and into net before keeper scoops it out. Referee awards goal
LV: scoreboard 2-0
TV: Portuguese attack comes to nothing as ball is collected safely by goalkeeper Ray who throws it out.
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Background: Soccer....and in Paris, France beat a visiting Portuguese team two-nil in a friendly match on Wednesday night (8 March).
SYNOPSIS: Portugal, dressed all in white, took the kick-off and opened the attack.
The French team, with six regular players absent due to injuries, got off to a shaky start.
The French manager Michel Hidalgo fielded a young and experimental side with five players from current league champions Nantes.
At first it looked as if it was an experiment that would come unstuck, but, from a corner, France gained possession and ended the early Portuguese domination of play.
A foul by Portugal against Sahnoun gave France an important penalty kick.
The kick was taken by Janvion. Goalkeeper Bento fisted the ball away, but 21-year-old Bernard Baronchelli was in the right place. A magnificent kick put the ball over the heads of the Portuguese defenders and past a startled Bento to put France one-nil ahead.
The setback did not deter Portugal and Alves came closet scoring soon afterwards.
But referee Alex Ponet of Belgium declared it offside-to the dismay of the Portuguese team.
As the first half drew to a close, it began to look as if the score would remain unaltered. But then, in a renewed attack, France took possession. Bernard Baronchelli architect of the earlier goal, and playing only his third game for France, sent the ball across to Marc Berdoll. He headed it home to put France two-nil ahead.
It was to be the last goal of the game. The final score-two-nil to France.