France seeks healing final victory vs Portugal

France seeks healing final victory vs Portugal

"There's been no dissent, no mobbing of the referee".

"It was a very important game for us". I don't know, I must have been born like that.

The French have a well balanced team full of superstars, Antoine Griezmann has been ruthless in front of goal and looks a certainty to claim the golden boot, Payet has been inspired at times and add to those two names the likes of Paul Pogba, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi and Hugo Lloris and you have an impression of France's quality. The last time Portugal beat France was back in March 1975. Sometimes you get the feeling it's not doing football any good. France then beat the Germans in the semi-finals after high profile defeats in their last three competitive encounters. He was also a fourth official when Iceland played Austria.

French sports daily L'Equipe captured the mood of the nation the morning after the win against Germany with the headline "L'Extase" (The Ecstasy) after using "L'Horreur" (The Horror) on 14 November after the Paris attacks. "We don't think about this type of criticisms we want to win to make the Portuguese happy and go down in history".

France's pedigree in finals is far stronger than Portugal's, particularly at home where the prize was collected at the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup.

Portugal's semi-final victory against Wales was their first within 90 minutes at the finals.

A police source said the fight broke out over a trivial matter and had nothing to do with the football match, which France won 2-0. "But he is capable of playing in another role as well if I think it's better for the team". Portugal's best finish was when the team reached the final in 2004.

Griezmann netted both goals in the 2-0 semi-final win over world champions Germany in Marseille to take his tournament tally to six in as many matches.

Intense safety measures have in place at the 10 stadiums hosting the tournament and there have been no major security incidents over the last month.

One more sleep, one more sleep, one more sleep... okay that expression is a awful one but tomorrow it's the Euro 2016 final so you can excuse us for getting overexcited.

Still, the expanded group stage dragged down the average with just 69 goals in 36 games - an average of 1.92.

He has still managed to score three goals in the tournament, with all three proving crucial as his side progressed into the next round. But in these final moments when France's kits are becoming rare, one French player has emerged a fan favourite.

A total of 51 cameras will capture the action around the European Championship final.

The 31-year-old was stung by Greece's smash-and-grab European Championships raid in the 2004 final when Portugal were hosts, and has little intention of losing a second major final.

The Euro 2012 final drew a global average of 299 million for Spain's 4-0 win over Italy.

UEFA says Euro 2016 figures are up on four years ago. The 200 million TV audience for France vs. Romania in the opening match rose 30 percent above the Poland vs. Greece opener at Euro 2012. You can also get live commentary in your preferred language - Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.

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