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Ronaldo, Jota and Joao Felix? Santos giving little away ahead of France clash


Fernando Santos gave little away regarding Portugal’s attack for their Nations League clash with France.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix came off the bench as the European champions thrashed Andorra 7-0 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Ronaldo and Joao Felix got on the scoresheet, while Paulinho marked his international debut with a brace as he started.

The reigning Nations League champions, Portugal host France in Lisbon on Saturday, the teams both on 10 points in Group 3 of League A with two matches left to play.

But, asked about Ronaldo, Jota, Joao Felix and Paulinho facing France, Santos said one would miss out.

“Only three of the four play,” the Portugal head coach said.

“But I will not reveal which ones.”

Pedro Neto and Renato Sanches were also on the scoresheet against Andorra, to go with an Emili Garcia own goal, as Portugal dominated.

Santos was satisfied with his side’s performance as they extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

“It was an interesting game and within what we expected,” he said.

“Obviously Andorra is a very defensive team. It was necessary to have a lot of patience to circulate the ball and to find spaces. The team did well in that respect.

“It was a successful game.”

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