Bruno Fernandes was on the losing side for Portugal up against United teammates Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba at the weekend.

It was a rare defeat for Portugal, and an important win for a France side coming off a surprise loss against Finland days earlier.

Even on a night where Fernandes suffered a defeat, he put in a high quality individual display.

Fernandes played 71 minutes before being substituted, and in this time he managed to create four goalscoring chances.

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This was more key passes than any player on the pitch made, with Pogba registering a zero in this category.

Fernandes has been a driving force for Portugal of late. reported how the United star had made more shots, more key passes, and more tackles than any player in his Nations League group.

For United he has six goals and five assists in all competitions this season already.

Tough night for Anthony Martial

It was not a good night for Anthony Martial, who was given the chance to lead the line for France.


He was wasteful in front of goal, taking five shots, registering three on target, while failing to score.

Martial came up against an inspired goalkeeper in Rui Patricio, but he will be disappointed. He has waited too long to get a chance for France, not to take it.

Paul Pogba could be more satisfied with his performance.

Portugal v France - UEFA Nations League
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He was back alongside Ngolo Kante in midfield and this is a partnership which clicks. the pair have never lost a game together.

Pogba ended his night having landed one shot on target, making three tackles, and one interception.

This will help restore his confidence a little ahead of his return for United.

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