Written By Jacobs Dunga 

It is definitely going to be a pulsating affair between Portugal and France at the Volksprkstadion, Hamburg. Two teams eyeing a semi final berth clash on Friday evening in what will be a repeat of the 2016 final where Portugal ran away with a 1-0 victory in Paris to win their first and only Euros tournament hitherto.

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The Selecao haven’t found it easy in the ongoing tournament, with mixed results clouding their pre tournament hype. Roberto Martinez has been somewhat consistent with his selections but the Spaniard has yet to see a consistent run of results. A tension soaked second round penalty shootout victory over Slovenia, thanks to Diogo Costa’s heroics between the sticks brought them here. The Cristiano Ronaldo led side will hope to come alive when they face the team they defeated to win their only major trophy. Following back to back games where they have failed to find the back of the net, Portugal will have to rediscover their form against Turkey if they are to stand any chance in this fixture.


Having crashed out in the second round last time out, France are yet to come alive in this tournament, failing to score from open play in their four games thus far. Four goals, (2 own goals and 2 penalties) haven’t done justice to the plethora of attacking talents at Didier Deschamps’ disposal. A difficult game against Portugal will once again put that attacking line up into test in Hamburg. Should France advance at the expense of the Selecao, as they did in both of their European Championship triumphs, a realistic shot at their first title since 2000 may be evoked.

Head To Head 

At the Euros, Portugal hold the edge in recent meetings, a final win in 2016 was followed by a two all draw in 2020. Between those fixtures, France won one and tied one of the two meetings in the Nations League. Friday night’s fixture will go a long way in both country’s quest to return to the top of European Championship reckoning.

Key Players 

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly the most influential player to have played in the Euros, his record goals and assists have culminated in Portugal winning their first and only major trophy till date. In his final swan-song, the 39 year old will be hoping to yet inspire his nation to another triumph.

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Kylian Mbappe openly idolizes the Portuguese captain and the game has been dubbed a battle between the two. However, the Les Blues captain will not be shying away from inflicting a painful ending to his mentor’s tournament career. Mbappe only recently scored his first goal at the Euros, a penalty against Poland.


Considering recent meetings and tournament form, this game looks like another destined to be settled from the spot.

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