Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Ferenc Puskas Stadium
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European powerhouses Portugal and France take on each other in a Euro 2020 Group F encounter on Wednesday night. While Portugal will look to quickly move on from their defeat against Germany, France will head into this contest post a 1-1 draw with Hungary. As far as the overall head to head is concerned, it is France who have dominated historically claiming 19 wins from the 27 matches yet it was Portugal who prevailed over France in the finals of the 2016 edition of the European Championship hosted by France.
Joao Cancelo will not be available for selection for this match as he tested positive for COVID-19. No other known injury or suspension news from their camp.
As far as the France side are concerned, they would be without the services of Ousmane Dembele who picked up a knee injury after coming on as a substitute against Hungary in the previous game.
Another thrilling game awaits us all from the “Group of Death.” With a place in the knockouts at stake for both the teams, the sides will want nothing but a win which will mean this is another one of those high intensity matches. Although at the outset, both the teams look equal, France hold a historical edge and given their defeat against Germany, Portugal will be a bit low on confidence here which might work against them. France look a bit more likely to win ahead of the match although it would be too early to rule out the defending European Champions against the World Champions.
Probable Starting XI:
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Nélson Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Danilo Pereira, William Carvalho, Rafa Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo
France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Hugo Lloris
Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Raphael Varan, Presnel Kimpembe
Midfielders: Bruno Fernande, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, William Carvalho
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Antoinne Griezmann, Diogo Jota
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