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Portugal vs France: UEFA EURO 2020 match background, facts and stats

Portugal and France will need no introduction to each other as they meet at Budapest's Puskás Aréna in a repeat of the 2016 final.

France's Kylian Mbappé (C) shares a laugh with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in 2020
France's Kylian Mbappé (C) shares a laugh with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in 2020 AFP via Getty Images

There is a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2016 final on Matchday 3 in Budapest as holders Portugal meet the team they beat to the title in the last tournament, France, in the concluding round of Group F games.

• Portugal picked up their first major silverware on French soil thanks to Éder's extra-time winner at the Stade de France on 10 July 2016, denying France a second home EURO title and a third overall.

• Didier Deschamps' France gained a measure of revenge by ending Portugal's defence of the UEFA Nations League, taking four points off Fernando Santos's side in autumn 2020 to qualify for the Finals ahead of their opponents.

• France are top of Group F on four points, one above Portugal and Germany, although they were held 1-1 by Hungary in Budapest on Matchday 2 having opened with a 1-0 defeat of Germany in Munich. Portugal beat Hungary 3-0 in their opening game in Budapest but were then beaten 4-2 by Germany in Munich.

• France are through and will finish first if they win, or if they draw and Germany do not beat Hungary. If France lose and Hungary win, second place will be decided on overall goal difference.

• Portugal will go through if they avoid defeat. They will finish first if they win and Germany do not. Portugal will finish fourth if they lose and Germany also lose.

Previous meetings

• Going into the final of UEFA EURO 2016, France had won ten successive matches between the sides, and have still triumphed in 19 of the nations' 27 meetings (D2 L6).

EURO 2016 final highlights: Portugal 1-0 France

• Despite losing talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo to injury with only 25 minutes played in that final, Fernando Santos's Portugal claimed the trophy thanks to a 109th-minute strike from substitute Éder – who had spent the second half of the 2015/16 season playing in France for LOSC Lille, and whose goal was his only competitive strike for his country.

• That ended a French winning streak against Portugal that had stretched back over 40 years to a 2-0 friendly success for Portugal at the Parc des Princes in April 1975, Nené and Marinho scoring the goals.

• That long sequence of France wins against Portugal included victories in the semi-finals at the UEFA European Championship in 1984 (3-2) and 2000 (2-1) – when current coach Didier Deschamps was Les Bleus' captain – in addition to a 1-0 victory at the same stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Zinédine Zidane converted penalty winners in each of the last two games.

EURO 2000 masterclass: Zidane v Portugal

• France had therefore won all three of their competitive matches against Portugal before the UEFA EURO 2016 final.

• The last friendly between the sides ended in a 1-0 France win in Lisbon in September 2015, Mathieu Valbuena scoring the only goal.

• Karim Benzema scored past Rui Patrício in France's 2-1 friendly win against Portugal at the Stade de France on 11 October 2014.

• After a goalless UEFA Nations League draw at the Stade de France on 11 October 2020, France's N'Golo Kanté scored the only goal after 53 minutes at Lisbon's Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 14 November to secure first place in Group A3 and a place in this autumn's final tournament.

EURO facts: Portugal

• A 2-0 semi-final win against Wales was Portugal's only victory inside 90 minutes at UEFA EURO 2016; before Matchday 1, it was the only one of their previous eight EURO finals matches that was not all square after 90 minutes.

• At UEFA EURO 2016, Santos's side had finished third in Group F behind Hungary and Iceland having drawn all three games, before beating Croatia 1-0 after extra time in the round of 16 and Poland 5-3 on penalties after their quarter-final had finished 1-1.

Watch great Portugal goals

• Santos went on to guide Portugal to victory in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019, the hosts beating Switzerland 3-1 in the semi-finals before a 1-0 final defeat of the Netherlands.

• Portugal were Group B runners-up in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, finishing three points behind Ukraine and three ahead of Serbia. Portugal drew their first two games, both at home, against Ukraine (0-0) and Serbia (1-1), but won five of the next six (L1).

• The 4-2 defeat in Germany on Matchday 2, in a game Portugal had led 1-0, was only their second defeat in 24 EURO matches (W16 D6), the other a 2-1 qualifying reverse in Ukraine on 14 October 2019.

• Cristiano Ronaldo scored 11 qualifying goals, one behind top scorer Harry Kane of England, and has three at these finals.

• Ronaldo has made the most appearance in EURO final tournaments (23). The competition's top scorer overall on 43 goals, he is also the top marksman in final tournaments on 12, his double against Hungary on Matchday 1 taking him clear of Michel Platini with whom he had shared the record on nine.

Portugal vs France: EURO meetings

• Portugal are competing at their seventh consecutive EURO and their eighth in total.

• An André Silva goal gave Portugal victory in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Budapest's Ferencváros Stadion on 3 September 2017. The Matchday 1 defeat of Hungary at these finals made their record in the country, and city, played four won four; Pepe scored the only goal in another World Cup qualifying win in September 2009, this time at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium, with Ronaldo captaining the side in both games.

• This is Portugal's second game at the Puskás Aréna having beaten Hungary there on Matchday 1.

EURO facts: France

• The final defeat by Portugal in 2016 denied France the chance to claim their third EURO title following their triumphs of 1984 and 2000.

• In 2016, Deschamps' team had finished first in their group ahead of Switzerland, Albania and Romania before beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 – their first EURO knockout win since 2000 – in the round of 16. Iceland (5-2) and Germany (2-0) were then defeated only for Portugal to run out winners in Saint-Denis.

Watch great France goals

• Les Bleus responded to that disappointment by winning their second World Cup in 2018, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final to add to their title from 20 years earlier.

• Having won consecutive world (1998) and European (2000) titles with France as a player, Deschamps can repeat the feat as a coach; France aside, only West Germany (1972 EURO, 1974 World Cup) and Spain (2008 and 2012 EURO, 2010 World Cup) have held both titles at the same time.

• France qualified for the 2020 finals by finishing first in Group H, winning eight of their ten qualifiers (D1 L1) to pick up 25 points, two more than Turkey.

• The 2-0 loss in Turkey on 8 June 2019 is France's only defeat in 90 minutes in their last 19 EURO games (W14 D4).

1984 highlights: France 3-2 Portugal

• France are appearing at their 13th successive world or European final tournament; they have not missed out since the 1994 World Cup, and have reached five finals in that run, winning three of them.

• This is France's tenth EURO, and their eighth in a row; they last failed to qualify for the 1988 event.

• Like Portugal, this is Les Bleus' second game at the Puskás Aréna following their Matchday 2 contest against Hungary.

• France have lost six of their nine matches in Hungary, all in Budapest, although their last visit before this tournament brought a first win – a 3-1 friendly success at the Népstadion (later the Ferenc Puskás Stadium) in March 1990 in which Éric Cantona scored twice.They have avoided defeat in the country in only two other games, 1-1 draws against Hungary in qualifying for the 1972 UEFA European Championship and on Matchday 2 at this tournament.

Great EURO Matchday 3 goals

Links and trivia

• Santos took charge of Portugal for the first time in a 2-1 friendly defeat by France in Saint-Denis on 11 October 2014. Deschamps was also the France coach, with Paul Pogba scoring the home side's winner.

• Have played in France:
Anthony Lopes (Lyon 2000–)
José Fonte (LOSC Lille 2018–)
Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille 2019–)
Danilo (Paris Saint-Germain 2020–)
Raphaël Guerreiro (Caen 2012/13, Lorient 2013–16)
João Moutinho (Monaco 2013–18)
Bernardo Silva (Monaco 2014–17)
Gonçalo Guedes (Paris Saint-Germain 2017)

• Have played together:
Anthony Lopes & Léo Dubois (Lyon 2018–)
Bruno Fernandes & Paul Pogba (Manchester United 2020–)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Adrien Rabiot (Juventus 2019–)
Danilo & Presnel Kimpembe, Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain 2020–)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid 2011–18)
Pepe & Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid 2011–17)
Nélson Semedo & Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona 2017–20)
Nélson Semedo & Clément Lenglet (Barcelona 2018–20)
Nélson Semedo & Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona 2019/20)
Nélson Semedo & Lucas Digne (Barcelona 2017/18)
José Fonte & Mike Maignan (LOSC Lille 2018–)
Renato Sanches & Mike Maignan (LOSC Lille 2019–)
Renato Sanches & Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman (Bayern München 2016/17, 2018/19)
João Félix & Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid 2019–)
João Moutinho & Kylian Mbappé (Monaco 2015–17)
João Moutinho & Thomas Lemar (Monaco 2015–18)
Bernardo Silva & Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappé (Monaco 2015–17)
André Silva & Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla 2018/19)
Anthony Lopes & Hugo Lloris (Lyon 2008–12)
Anthony Lopes & Corentin Tolisso (Lyon 2007–17)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Karim Benzema (Real Madrid 2009–18)
Pepe & Karim Benzema (Real Madrid 2009–17)
Anthony Lopes & Karim Benzema (Lyon 2004–09)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Adrien Rabiot (Juventus 2019–)
Gonçalo Guedes & Presnel Kimpembe, Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain 2017)
Sérgio Oliveira & Léo Dubois (Nantes 2017)
Raphaël Guerreiro & Ousmane Dembélé (Dortmund 2016/17)

• Danilo scored in Portugal's 2-0 win against France in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup semi-finals.

• Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty as Manchester United beat a Paris Saint-Germain side featuring Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappé 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Matchday 1 of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

Ronaldo goals at five EUROs

• A Real Madrid side including Ronaldo and Pepe were victorious against Atlético de Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernández in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final, Ronaldo scoring the decisive penalty after a 1-1 draw in Milan; Griezmann had fired a spot kick against the crossbar in normal time but scored in the shoot-out.

• Kylian Mbappé has scored ten goals past Anthony Lopes in his eight appearances for Paris against Lyon.

• Lopes was also beaten by goals from Griezmann in Lyon's 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League play-off first leg and Ben Yedder in Sevilla's 1-0 home win against OL in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Varane and Benzema both scored past Rui Patrício in Real Madrid's 2-1 win at Sporting CP in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage. The Portugal goalkeeper was also beaten by Griezmann in Sporting's 2-0 loss at Atlético de Madrid in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg.

• Bernardo Silva has twice scored UEFA Champions League goals past Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, in Monaco's 2-1 away win in the 2016/17 group stage and in Manchester City's 4-3 second-leg win in the 2018/19 quarter-finals, a tie Spurs won on away goals.

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• Ronaldo, who scored three goals in the tie as Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 5-2 on aggregate in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League round of 16, has also hit four past Lloris in the UEFA Champions League, all for Madrid.

• Ronaldo twice scored two goals past Steve Mandanda as Real Madrid beat Marseille home (3-0) and away (3-1) in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Guerreiro was born in France, in the commune of Le Blanc-Mesnil in the suburbs of Paris to a Portuguese father and a French mother. Lopes was also born in France to Portuguese parents, in his case in Givors, in the commune of Lyon.

• Ronaldo was sent off in Portugal's 2-0 loss against France at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Championship – his first appearance in an international final tournament.

• N'Golo Kanté was named Man of the Match in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final as his Chelsea team defeated a Manchester City side featuring Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva 1-0 in Porto.

• Dias and Silva had helped City overcome a Paris Saint-Germain side featuring Kimpembe and – in the first leg – Mbappé 4-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

• Sérgio Oliveira scored twice for Porto against Juventus in Turin to earn his team an extra-time away goals victory in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League round of 16, Rabiot scoring a late consolation for the home side.

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• Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo's double against Hungary on Matchday 1 maintained his record of scoring in every final tournament in which he has played – 11 in total consisting of five UEFA European Championships, four FIFA World Cups, one FIFA Confederations Cup and one UEFA Nations League. The 36-year-old's goal against Germany has increased his tally to 24 in 46 tournament appearances.

• Ronaldo's goal against Germany was his 107th for Portugal on his 177th appearance – just two shy of the world record held by Iran's Ali Daei – and his 86th in his 126th competitive international.

• The defeat by Germany in Munich was just the second for Portugal in their last 17 matches, the 11 wins over that stretch including a 4-0 success against Israel in Lisbon on 9 June in which Bruno Fernandes scored twice and Ronaldo once. This followed a goalless stalemate against Spain in Madrid five days earlier.

• Pedro Gonçalves, the 23-goal breakout star of Sporting CP's 2020/21 Portuguese Liga triumph, made his international debut against Spain, goalkeeper Rui Silva following suit with a 90-minute outing in the win against Israel. Neither player has appeared yet at UEFA EURO 2020

• Diogo Jota's late consolation strike against Germany was his seventh goal for Portugal, all of them in competitive internationals. He joined Ronaldo, Pepe, Renato Sanches and Matchday 1 marksman Raphaël Guerreiro as the only players in the UEFA EURO 2020 squad to have scored a EURO finals goal for Portugal.

• Portugal possess the three UEFA EURO 2020 participants with most EURO final tournament appearances, Pepe and João Moutinho each following record-breaker Ronaldo on the list with 17. Rui Patricio is also in double figures with 14.

Skill of the Day: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

• Ronaldo was Serie A's top scorer in 2020/21 with 29 goals for Juventus, with whom he also won the Coppa Italia. His fellow Portugal forward André Silva also had a prolific season, scoring 28 goals in the German Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt.

• Two members of Portugal's UEFA EURO 2020 squad – Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva – won the English Premier League in 2020/21 with Manchester City, while LOSC Lille duo José Fonte and Sanches became champions of France and João Félix won the Spanish Liga with Atlético de Madrid. Joining Ronaldo as domestic cup winners were Borussia Dortmund's Guerreiro and Paris Saint-Germain's Danilo.

• Another Manchester City player, João Cancelo, was ruled out of the squad on the eve of the tournament through illness and replaced by Diogo Dalot, a performer in the recent UEFA European Under-21 Championship, in which Portugal finished runners-up to Germany.

• Of the six-home based players in the squad, three are from Portuguese champions Sporting, with João Palhinha and 18-year-old Nuno Mendes joining Gonçalves for their first involvement in international tournament football.

• Eleven members of Portugal's triumphant UEFA EURO 2016 squad have returned, along with coach Fernando Santos, to defend the trophy this year – Ronaldo, Rui Patrício, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Danilo, Moutinho, Rafa Silva, Sanches, William Carvalho and Anthony Lopes.

• All 16 of the players who took the field for Portugal's victory on home soil at the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals have been called up for UEFA EURO 2020, including Gonçalo Guedes, who scored the winner in the final against the Netherlands.

Skill of the Day: Paul Pogba (France)


• France's 1-1 draw against Hungary brought an end to the team's run of five successive victories – all with clean sheets – that included their opening 1-0 win at UEFA EURO 2020 against Germany in Munich. Les Bleus have now won 17 of their last 22 matches, during which they have suffered just one defeat – 0-2 at home to Finland in a Stade de France friendly on 11 November 2020.

• Les Bleus' last competitive loss was in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier away to Turkey in June 2019, since when they have won 14 and drawn four of their 18 matches across three competitions. They are unbeaten in nine tournament games (W7 D2) since the final of UEFA EURO 2016.

• The world champions warmed up for UEFA EURO 2020 with two 3-0 home wins, defeating Wales in Nice on 2 June, with goals from Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé, and Bulgaria in Saint-Denis six days later, a late double from Olivier Giroud – his 45th and 46th international goals – adding to another Griezmann strike.

Antoine Griezmann: EURO 2016 top scorer

• Griezmann has appeared in all of France's last 50 internationals, starting every one of the team's 36 competitive matches during that sequence, which began in August 2017. Since making his debut for Les Bleus in March 2014 the Barcelona forward has never missed a competitive international, starting 51 and coming off the bench in the other three. His 93 caps have brought him 38 goals, 24 of them in competitive matches, the latest of which earned France a draw against Hungary on Matchday 2.

• France remain unbeaten in the 34 internationals in which Griezmann has scored, although the game against Hungary was only the fourth of those games that they have failed to win.

• That goal in the Puskás Arena was Griezmann's seventh at the EURO finals, lifting the UEFA EURO 2016 top scorer into joint third place in the all-time list alongside Alan Shearer, with only Ronaldo (12) and Michel Platini (nine) ahead of him.

• Didier Deschamps' experienced UEFA EURO 2020 squad includes two centurions in Giroud (109 caps) and captain Hugo Lloris (127). The 26 players collectively have 194 major tournament appearances and 28 goals between them.

• There are 14 of France's 2018 FIFA World Cup winners in the UEFA EURO 2020 squad, five of whom were also present on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016 – Lloris, Griezmann, Giroud, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté. Three other players – Moussa Sissoko, Kingsley Coman and Lucas Digne – have returned for a second successive EURO having missed out on the World Cup triumph in Russia.

• Karim Benzema has returned to the France fold, the friendlies against Wales and Bulgaria marking his first appearances for Les Bleus since October 2015 and the EURO opener against Germany his first tournament outing since the quarter-final of the World Cup against the same opponents in July 2014. The 33-year-old Real Madrid striker is a veteran of the 2008 and 2012 EUROs though is still seeking his first goal at the final tournament after eight outings.

• The 2020/21 season was a productive one for most of the players in the France squad as 15 of them collected major silverware with their clubs. Giroud, Kanté and Kurt Zouma were UEFA Champions League winners with Chelsea; Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernández and Corentin Tolisso were German champions with Bayern München; Thomas Lemar won the Spanish Liga with Atlético de Madrid; Mike Maignan was ever-present in goal for Ligue 1 winners LOSC Lille; Griezmann, Dembélé and Clément Lenglet won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona; Adrien Rabiot was a Coppa Italia winner with Juventus; and Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe lifted the Coupe de France with Paris Saint-Germain.

• Mbappé was Ligue 1's top scorer for the third season running, with 27 goals for Paris, and also found the net eight times in the UEFA Champions League. As at the 2018 World Cup, he remains, aged 22, the youngest player in France's squad.

• Mbappé was one of 20 players in the France squad who played UEFA Champions League football in 2020/21, with three others involved in the UEFA Europa League. The only players who missed out on European football were Everton's Digne, Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder and Lyon's Léo Dubois.

• France have the opportunity to succeed Portugal as UEFA Nations League champions later this year; they have been drawn to face Belgium in the second semi-final in Turin on 7 October.

• Dembélé has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury sustained in the draw against Hungary.