- Confrontations: advantage… France
- Two contrasting beginnings of competition
- France to place, Portugal to ensure the qualification
- A little cooler in Budapest?
- To follow live
In the history of the round ball, the French and the Portuguese have already crossed paths 27 times. Meetings largely to the advantage of the Blues, who have won 19 games against the Seleçao. Latest in Lisbon, in November 2020 (0-1). However, among the six Portuguese victories (2 draws), there is one that Didier Deschamps’ players still keep in their throes: the final of Euro 2016, played in Saint-Denis and lost in extra time.
The two teams have in common in this Euro 2020 to have made a good start on the first day of Group F. Against Hungary for Ronaldo’s teammates (0-3), against Mannschaft for the Pogba gang (1-0). Both also disappointed on the second day. Even if the fall was a bit heavier for the men of Fernando Santos, severely beaten by Germany (2-4), while the Blues failed to overthrow Hungary (1-1), pumped up at her home in Budapest.
Currently at the head of his group and assured of qualification, France has the cards in hand to finish first, despite a possible turnover in certain positions. If the Blues finish in the lead, they will face Switzerland or Ukraine. In case of second place, it will be England, which finished first in Group D. Finally, if the Blues finish third, they will cross the Netherlands or Belgium. As for Portugal, Pepe’s selection will qualify if they don’t lose. It can even finish in first position with a victory, coupled with a defeat for Germany. On the other hand, Portugal will be eliminated if they lose and Germany also loses against Hungary.
It was visible on Saturday against Hungary and several players of the France team, without using it as an excuse, had difficulty bearing it: it is overwhelmingly hot in Budapest. The deal should be different against Portugal since the match will take place in the early evening (9 p.m.), and not in the afternoon (3 p.m.). Side stands, 7,554 fans of the France team are expected at the Ferenc-Puskas Arena in Budapest for this shock which will be refereed by the Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
To not miss anything of this meeting, several options. The television broadcast is scheduled on TF1, in clear, and on beIN Sports (pay channel), both holders of rights to this match, with a kick-off given at 9 p.m. Apart from the small screen, it will also be possible to follow the match on our website for a detailed live.
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