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08 Jul 2016

Portugal to face France for the title

France and Portugal: The final battle

Portugal will face in the Finals of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France on Sunday.

Even though Portugal have become hard to beat, they would have preferred to face Germany given their record against France.

France is unbeaten by Portugal in 10 games including the semi finals of 2000 Euro and 2006 World Cup.

In context

France and Portugal: The final battle

Road to finale

Portugal's unusual journey to the finals

No one thought Portugal will reach the finals of Euro 2016 after their group stage matches.

All the three group stage matches against Iceland, Austria and Hungary ended in a draw.

Portugal won against Croatia in the next round, with Ricardo Quaresma scoring in 117th minute.

The quarter final match against Poland again ended in a draw. Portugal won 5-3 in the penalties.

Ronaldo upsets Wales

Bale vs Ronaldo

Ronaldo upsets Wales

It was more of a Ronaldo versus Bale rather than Portugal versus Wales in the first semi-finals of the Euro 2016.

But it was Ronaldo who became the star of the game and took Portugal to the Euro 2016 Finals.

With the help of a header in the early second half by Ronaldo and a strike by Nani, Portugal fired into the finals.

Unbeatables

A dream run for the hosts

France did not make any mistakes in their dream run up to the finals.

The hosts topped their group by winning two of the three matches against Romania and Albania. The third match against Switzerland ended in a draw.

France defeated Ireland in the next round of the tournament 2-1.

Iceland's Euro 2016 fantasy was cut short by France, who beat them 5-2.

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France's historic win over the neighbours

France vs Germany

France's historic win over the neighbours

France faced world champions Germany in the second semi final of the tournament.

Despite being out played in the first half of the game France's Antoine Griezmann scored two goals for the team.

After beating Italy in the quarter finals, Germany seemed more aggressive and dominated the possession. All it lacked was the precision.

Grietzmann is the top scorer of the tournament with six goals.

08 Jul 2016

Portugal to face France for the title

Portugal will face in the Finals of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France on Sunday.

Even though Portugal have become hard to beat, they would have preferred to face Germany given their record against France.

France is unbeaten by Portugal in 10 games including the semi finals of 2000 Euro and 2006 World Cup.

Team is stronger, more solid, more united

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said that he started with the team two years back with a dream to reach Euro 2016 finals. He added that everything worked out for them and the team is stronger, more solid and more united.

Victory for Portugal

11 Jul 2016

Victory for Portugal

Portugal secured their first European Championship title on the night of 10th July, 2016 with a 1-0 victory over France.

Substitute Eder led the way to victory by scoring in the 109th minute.

Ronaldo, whose knee injury 24 minutes into the game disabled him to play any further, lifted the trophy.

The Stade de France saw France losing in front of their home support.

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