Euro 2016 final: France v Portugal, Sunday 10 July 20:00 (Paris)
This will be the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. The French have won the previous three, all in semi-finals (Euro 1984, Euro 2000, World Cup 2006).
France have won their last 10 games against Portugal, their best current run against any team after their 13 consecutive wins against Luxembourg.
Portugal’s last victory against France dates back to April 1975, in a friendly (2-0). They have only scored one goal in their last four games against the French national team, a penalty by Ricardo Quaresma in October 2014.
This is Portugal’s second major tournament final after Euro 2004 which
they lost against Greece (0-1) – however, it’s their first final outside Portugal. In the 2004 showpiece, they conceded from Greece’s only shot on target in the whole game.
Portugal have played the most games in
the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 34 games, 0 trophy.
Before Portugal, the only previous cases
of third-placed teams in the group stages to reach the final of a major tournament (World Cup + Euro) were Argentina in the 1990 World Cup and Italy in the same tournament four years later. None of them lifted the trophy.
Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (W9, D4). Eight of those nine wins were decided by a single goal.
In major tournaments, Portugal have only lost one of their last 13 games,that was against Germany in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup.
Portugal have conceded only one goal in
their last five knockout games at the European Championships,it was against Poland in this year’s quarter-finals.
This will be France’s fifth major tournament final.They have won three of
their previous four (Euro 1984 & 2000,World Cup 1998), losing the last one they were involved in (World Cup 2006).
France have the opportunity to win their
third consecutive major tournament on home soil after Euro 1984 and World Cup
1998. They are already the first ever European nation to take part in three major tournament finals at home.
France are unbeaten in their last 18 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 16 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).
Only Germany and Spain (3) have won
more European Championships than France (2).
France are the top scorers at Euro 2016
with 13 goals in six games. They hadn’t netted that many in a major tournament since Euro 2000 (13).
11 of France’s 13 goals at Euro 2016 have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards.
Portugal have lost their two games at the Stade de France,both against the French national team (0-4 in April 2001,1-2 in October 2014).
The French national team are unbeaten at the Stade de France in major tournaments (5 wins & 1 draw at World
Cup 1998/Euro 2016). They have scored
11 goals in three games at the St Denis
stadium in 2016.
Portugal have won three of their four penalty shoot-outs at major tournaments (75%).Among European nations to have taken part in at least four shootouts, only Germany boast a better ratio (86%, 6 out of 7).
However,Portugal are to yet to score a
penalty in normal time/extra time at the
European Championships (34 games).Their only penalty was against Austria in this year’s group stages but it was missed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, France have a 50% success
rate in penalty shoot-outs, having won
three of the six they’ve taken part in. The last three Euro finals have been won by the team scoring first whilst 2000 was the last time a team won after conceding the opening goal (2-1 for France after golden goal against Italy).
Cristiano Ronaldo has played in more
games than any other player at the European Championships (20).None of his three goals and two assists at Euro 2016 have come outside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Ronaldo has now equalled Michel Platini’s
record of nine goals in the European Championships.He has never scored against France (234 minutes of play).
Ronaldo has failed to score with any of
his 43 direct free-kicks at major tournaments(World Cup + Euro).All nine of his goals at the European Championships have been scored from inside the box.
Only one of Portugal’s eight goals at Euro
2016 hasn’t seen Ronaldo or Nani involved
as scorer or assist provider;it was Ricardo Quaresma’s goal against Croatia which nonetheless followed a Ronaldo shot saved by the goalkeeper.
Antoine Griezmann has scored/assisted
more goals than any other player at Euro
2016 (6 goals, 2 assists).He has the opportunity to become the third French player to finish as sole top scorer at a major tournament after Just Fontaine (World Cup 1958) and Michel Platini(1984).
Griezmann’s six goals at Euro 2016 is the
most by a French player in a major tournament since Michel Platini at Euro
1984 (9 goals).
12 of France’s 13 goals at Euro 2016 have been scored by Antoine Griezmann (6),Olivier Giroud(3) and Dimitri Payet(3).
Didier Deschamps could become the second person to win the European Championships as a player and as a manager after Berti Vogts (unused sub in 1972,winning manager in1996).Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.