July 10, 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade de France, Paris, France
Referee: Mark Clattenburg, England
I don’t think there’s any point discussing the France team. If we have to pay attention to individuals then we would have to worry about everyone – I would have to list every single name in the France team. Fernando Santos
Portugal have a lot of quality and it’s no accident they’re here. Like us, they were criticized at the start of the tournament. Like us, they are now in the final. They are an experienced team who can alter their system to deal with opponents. Didier Deschamps
Portugal and France have had different backgrounds in Euro-2016. However, no background matter on the edge of the final. The only things that matter are passion, physical and tactical run-up. Hopefully, neither of the teams have major squad problems (only Pepe is doubtful), and we will witness a real clash of real European Giants.
Portugal and France have faced each other in 24 encounters, only three of which were competitive. The obvious advantage in this statistical measure lies in the hands of France national team. 18 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. Moreover, Portugal has no full time wins in last 10 encounters.
Cristiano Ronaldo v Antoine Griezmann
Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann have become the main characters of Euro-2016. And if world football expected Cristiano Ronaldo to shine, Antoine Griezmann has become one of the main openings of the tournament.
Both of these players can create chances, can make awesome passes, can dominate the midfield, and of course, can finish the attacks. Moreover, as in the case for their national teams, these players have received a lot of critics in the beginning of the tournament.
By the day of the final, Cristiano Ronaldo repeated Michelle Platini’s record of nine goals in Euros final stages, while Griezmann has been directly involved in eight France goals, with six scored and two assisted two goals. Many believe that the better performer of this pair will receive the Ballon D’Or!
Portugal → Pepe (injured ?)
France → none