eurofinal

By Benjamin Leo
8th July 2016 at 9:33am

Just over four weeks ago, 24 teams arrived in France for the greatest European football competition in history.

Some went home within two weeks, others lasted a little longer and few made it to the competition’s latter stages.

Now just two remain.

Portugal take on hosts France in the Euro 2016 final in Saint-Denis on Sunday – and it’s guaranteed to be a cracker.

Didier Deschamps’ side are strong favourites as they look to complete a hat-trick of tournament victories on home soil.

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Where can I watch it?

For UK fans, the match will be broadcast live on BBC One and ITV1, with coverage starting from 7pm. Kick-off is at 8pm.

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France

France didn’t catch the world alight during the tournament early stages. It took a spectacular and late goal from Dimitri Payet to give them victory over Romania in their first group game and they drew 0-0 with Switzerland on match day three.

But buoyed by the passionate home crowd, Les Bleus have slowly found their stride thanks to the likes of six-goal hitman Antoine Griezmann, midfield maestro Paul Pogba and the hard-working Olivier Giroud. The 2-0 win against Germany was their  most emphatic yet. And dumping the World Champions out of the competition will give them a huge confidence boost ahead of the final against Portugal.

  • Only Michel Platini (9 in 1984) has scored more goals at a single Euro finals than Antoine Griezmann has at Euro 2016 (6)
  • France are the first nation to reach the Euro final twice as hosts (also in 1984)
  • N’Golo Kanté has been booked three times in Euro 2016 – a joint record with Poland’s Bartosz Kapustka
  • France are undefeated against Portugal in all friendlies/competitions in their last 10 meetings – a record stretching back to 1975
  • They have won eight of those games – drawing two

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Portgual

Cristiano Ronaldo’s side have been underwhelming in the tournament. In fact their 2-0 win over Wales in the semi-finals was their FIRST victory in 90 minutes during the entire competition.

Ronaldo is obviously their key man – he inspired them to victory with a Man of the Match performance against the Welsh – and he’ll need to be spot-on again if Portugal are to come close to denting France’s hopes.

  • Ronaldo equalled Michel Platini’s record of nine Euros goals. Five of them have been headers
  • Portugal’s match against France will only be their second semi-final victory from seven major tournaments
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to play in three Euro semi-finals (2004, 2012, 2016)
  • Portgual have had the fourth-most shots on goal per game out of all 24 competing teams (24) behind England (20.5), Belgium (19) and Germany (18.8)
  • Ronaldo himself has had the most shots per game out of any other player in the tournament (7.5)

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