France seeks healing final victory vs Portugal

France seeks healing final victory vs Portugal

"I want to show the Portuguese that we're here". Without the talented Aaron Ramsey in their lineup, Wales were not able to create much of an offensive spark and they eventually paid a hefty price.

If form and history were the only determining factors in deciding the outcome of the Euro 2016 final, Portugal wouldn't stand a chance. They made it further than either of the other participants from the United-Kingdom. It is Griezmann, however, who has captured imaginations at the Euro and he provided another exhibition of his talents with a brace in the 2-0 semifinal win over Germany.

What has worked for Portugal has been an incredible team spirit with a mantra that they are not playing to look pretty, but to win, irrespective of style.

Most of the starting line-up against Germany should get the nod on Sunday, although Deschamps is not averse to tweaking his side at half-time if necessary.

Portugal have been written off at various stages of the tournament and are being so again ahead of their match against Les Bleus. The only shot on target during the entire game was a goal in the 116 minute. "The French know Cristiano is the player capable of destroying their dream because he has produced magic moments in huge matches right through his career".

But he scored twice in the 3-3 draw with Hungary that secured Portugal's last 16 place and after two games without a goal, he settled the semi-final against Wales with a goal and an assist for Nani. Poland's star striker, Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring early before Portuguese youngster Renato Sanches equalized the score line. Portugal went on to win on penalties.

In the semifinals, Ronaldo and company faced off versus Gareth Bale and his Welsh teammates.

Nuno Gomes put Portugal in front but Thierry Henry equalised for the world champions and Zinedine Zidane scored a golden goal victor from the penalty spot three minutes from the end of extra time. That match concluded Portugal's unremarkable qualification for the final. "We can really talk about having a team now", he said. The only game in which France did not secure all three points was a 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

"[My win as a player in 2000] belongs to the past". This relatively easy match almost turned into a disaster for the hosts since they were down a goal deep into the 2 half.

France then beat the Germans in the semi-finals after high-profile defeats in their last three competitive encounters. France have all the pressure of the world on them and given the way they're set up, they can afford to wait for a set piece or a Antoine Griezmann run on the break. Their formidable opponents largely dominated ball control but the French once again found savior in Griezmann.

Diego Maradona believes just how desperate Cristiano Ronaldo is for a major worldwide title could decide Portugal's Euro 2016 final against France.

France vs Portugal: The French will have the thunderous backing of their home fans as well as the Euro's leading goal scorer, Antoine Griezmann, on their side.

Penalties beckoned at the Stade Velodrome when Michel Platini appeared to score a 119th-minute victor to send France through to a final against Spain where they lifted the Henri Delaunay trophy for the first time.

Mathias Vicherat, the Paris Mayor's chief of staff, said some 1,900 police and other security officers would patrol the fan zone, while the city's police chief, Michel Cadot, said 3,400 officers would patrol the Champs-Elysees, some of them redeployed from the stadium and fan zone after the final kicks off.

Having once condemned its football team, the nation now seems to be depending on it.

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