Euro 2020 Super Match | Portugal vs France: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

France get ready to face Portugal

Go behind the scenes to watch France training ahead of facing Portugal at Euro 2020.

Portugal vs France: Line-ups



France to Bounce Back


As was the case in 2016, the reigning European champions now find themselves fighting to make one of the top two spots before the final matchday in the group of death, and if results do not go their way, Santos will have to hold on the hope that his side can progress as one of the best third-placed outfits.


It is worth remembering that Portugal failed to win any of their group matches en route to Euro 2016 glory, and a 3-0 thrashing of Hungary – albeit with all three goals coming in the dying embers – was an indication of what the champions are capable of, but Santos’s side became the first Euros champions in history to concede four goals in one match last time out.


Portugal have never failed to make it out of the group stage during their previous seven appearances at the European Championships, but their fate remains in their own hands as they prepare to meet one of Ronaldo’s least favoured opponents, notwithstanding his short-lived Euro 2016 final outing.


Failure to keep their winning run going against a team that was widely expected to be the group’s whipping boys was a shock to say the least, but with four points gleaned from two matches, France remain at the top of Group F and will progress in first place with victory on Wednesday.


Didier Deschamps was surprisingly upbeat after matchday two as he paid tribute to Hungary for their “wonderful” performance on the day, but one cannot expect the World Cup-winning manager to act so graciously if his side fall short against Portugal, although Les Bleus are guaranteed to finish at least third in the group.

DPP Verdict

Portugal have already demonstrated their penchant for goalscoring at Euro 2020, and fans from all across the globe will be in for a treat as Ronaldo and Mbappe prepare to share the same pitch for 90 minutes. Games between these two European powerhouses have often been low-scoring affairs in the past, though, and just as they did in the Nations League, we can envisage France bouncing back from their underwhelming result last time out to leave Portugal holding their breath regarding last-16 qualification.