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EURO 2016 Final: Portugal vs France [Match Facts]


Match Facts
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.
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.
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).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.
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.
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).
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 in 1996). Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and EURO 2000.
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).

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