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Toulon Tournament 2013: France vs. Portugal Score, Recap and Analysis

AVIGNON, FRANCE - MAY 30:  The team of France line up during the Toulon Tournament Semi Final match between France and Turkey at Parc des Sports on May 30, 2012 in Avignon, France.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVNovember 22, 2016

The battle for third place in the 2013 Toulon Tournament was a close match, but France managed to hold off Portugal—winning 2-1 to finish third overall.

France (U21) has been the most successful team in the tournament's history—with 11 titles, but there wasn't as much on the line this time around.

Stade du Ray hosted the third-place game, and France took full-advantage of playing on home soil in Nice.

Paul-Georges Ntep de Madiba was the first on the board for France 11 minutes in, after Benjamin Jeannot drew a penalty. Gael Vena Diambu added a goal in the 31st minute to make it a 2-0 score; giving France a lead that they would not relinquish.

Alberto Gomes Pina Aladje saved Portugal from being shutout with a goal in the 41st minute, but there wasn't much offense for his squad the rest of the way. At 2-1 heading into the break, Portugal was lucky that they were within striking distance.

France controlled the first half, as the score indicates, and they were looking to bounce back after Columbia knocked them out of the title picture earlier in the week.

  1st 2nd Final
France   2    0     2
Portugal   1    0     1

Goals: Ntep (FRA), Vena (FRA), Aladje (POR)

 

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