France Vs Portugal Final Preview
France take on Portugal in tonight’s Euro final.Portugal will look to win their first European Championship while Didier Deschamps’ side will face Portugal at the Stade de France looking to complete a hat-trick.Let us have a look at few talking points.
- Portugal Take on two-time winners and hosts France in 2016 euro final.
- Portugal Defender Pepe says he will be fit for the final.
- Both the teams have won the semifinal 2-0 (Portugal 2-0 Wales ) (France 2-0 Germany)
- Griezmann is the top scorer with 6 goals while the Portugal’s Captain Cristiano Ronaldo is second with 3 goals
- Portugal have reached at least the quarter-finals in the last five tournaments.
Goal and assist by Cristiano Ronaldo took Portugal into the final of Euro 2016 at the expense of Wales. Both goals came in the second half of the match played in Lyon.
After a poor 2014 World Cup, results have improved under their new manager. They have reached at least the quarter-finals in the last five tournaments. Beaten finalists on home soil in 2004, they were semi-finalists in 2000 and 2012.
Ronaldo is the top scorer in Portuguese history with 61 goals,and a lot will depend on him to fire Portugal to the Euro title.
Fernando Santos, Portugal
”I’ve said before that our objective was to play in the final and win it. We have great belief because we want to make the Portuguese people happy. We want to give them something to celebrate.”
”I don’t think there’s any point discussing the France team. Everyone knows them very well. Right from the beginning I’ve always said there would be three favourites to win this competition: France, Spain and Germany. And then there were other contenders, including Portugal, who could perhaps also win it.”
Didier Deschamps, France
”We have this opportunity to become European champions. Whether you’re 18, 20 or much older, there’s a chance to win a title and we need to seize it without thinking about what might happen in the future. The players know they’re privileged to be playing the UEFA EURO 2016 final at home in Paris.”
Team News :
William Carvalho is likely to return to Portugal’s starting line-up after missing their semi-final with Wales through suspension
Doubtful : Pepe
The Real Madrid defender sat out Wednesday’s night clash with a thigh injury, and trained alone yesterday in a bid to prove his fitness. Should he miss out in Paris, veteran Bruno Alves will likely start.
For hosts France there are no fresh injuries concerns to trouble coach Deschamps.
The Stage is Set For an Amazing Euro 2016 Final