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Euro 2016: France is Portugal’s last obstacle in quest for European glory

Portugal will face home-team France in the Euro 2016 final scheduled for Sunday (July 10) in Paris.

The French national team proved why they were considered one of, if not ‘the’ favourite, to win the tournament with a resounding 2-0 semi-final win against world champions Germany last night in Marseille.

Antoine Griezmann, who scored a brace against Joachim Löw’s squad, will be just one of the many star players Portugal will have to watch closely if they want to bring home their first international title.

However, the odds are not in favour of Portugal, which has lost its last 10 matches against France.

Three of those defeats were in the final stages of major tournaments, with Portugal losing three semi-finals against the French (Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and World Cup 2006).

But if the national team led by Fernando Santos has proved anything in this Euro, it is that they are one of the hardest working squads the country has ever seen and have been able to achieve positive results despite criticism from both inside and outside Portugal.

Whether this, plus the fact that they have the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo, will be enough to topple France remains to be seen.

The Euro 2016 final will take place at Stade de France in Paris at 8pm.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com