N’Golo Kante’s second-half strike earned France a 1-0 win away at defending Nations League champions Portugal and lifted Les Bleus three points clear at the summit of Group A3.
Two star-studded sides met at Estadio da Luz, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo all featuring.
But it was the simplest of finishes which won the match as Chelsea midfielder Kante nudged in after Portugal and Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio spilled Adrien Rabiot’s shot into his path.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota and Wolves’ Joao Moutinho came off the bench in the second half but neither could help Portugal find an equaliser.
The other game in Group A3 saw Sweden run out 2-1 winners over 2018’s World Cup finalists Croatia.
Dejan Kulusevski and Marcus Danielson scored in the first half, though the latter’s late own goal made for a nervy finish.
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof helped the Scandinavians fend off a talented opposition side which included Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric.
In Group A4, Timo Werner continued his fine form with two goals for Germany in the 3-1 win over Ukraine.
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The Chelsea ace poked in from Leon Goretzka’s pass in the first half and struck again just after the hour mark with a deflected strike.
Former Manchester City star Leroy Sane was also on the scoresheet. He capped an incisive counter-attack from Bayern Munich teammate Goretzka’s through-ball to equalise after Roman Yaremchuk scored for Ukraine.
The group’s other match involved Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri, who starred as Switzerland held Spain to a 1-1 draw in Basel.
Remo Freuler opened the scoring in the first half before, extraordinarily, Sergio Ramos missed two penalties on the night he broke the record for international appearances by a European player.
Moving one clear of Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon with his 177th cap, Ramos was denied twice from the spot by Yann Sommer.
But Spain dug deep to find a late equaliser as Gerard Moreno latched onto Tottenham left-back Sergio Reguilon’s cross.
Germany’s win sees them leapfrog Spain in Group A4, while Switzerland’s search for a first Nations League win of the season continues.
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