UEFA EURO CUP - FRANCE 2016"

EURO WINNER - PORTUGAL beat HOST FRANCE

11.07.2016 : PORTUGAL 1-0 FRANCE (90'+30'..).
POR Eder 105'

PORTUGAL : Rui,Pepe, Cedric, Fonte, Raphel, Carvalo,Adrian, Sanches, Mario, Nani, Ronaldo

FRANCE : Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud

REFEREE : MARK CLATTENBURG (ENGLAND)

ROAD TO FINAL

PORTUGAL :
GROUP F :
Portugal 1-1 ICELAND
Portugal 0-0 Austria
Portugal 3-3 Hungary
ROUND OF 16 : Portugal 1-0 Croatia
QUARTER FINAL : Portugal 1-1 Poland ( Portugal won 5-3 on tie breaker
SEMI FINAL: Portugal 2-0 Wales

FRANCE :
GROUP : A
France 2-1 Romania
France 2-0 Albania
France 0-0 Switzerland
ROUND OF 16 : France 2-1 Republic of Ireland
QUARTER FINAL : France 5-2 Iceland
SEMI FINAL : France 2-0 Germany

PORTUGAL AND FRANCE YET TO FACE A DEFEAT IN THE COMPETITION

CHRISTANO RONALDO COMMENTS BEFORE THE FINAL : "It's something that I always dreamed of, It would be a huge achievement if I could win something with Portugal. My fingers are crossed because I believe, my colleagues believe, all of Portugal believes and the Portuguese community in France believe too. It's unique, a feeling of joy, because being in a final is something I wanted to achieve again. Now I will have the fortune, if everything goes well, to be playing on Sunday in a second final for Portugal."

RONALDO 9 EURO GOALS

GR.12.06.2004  VS  Greece  - 1-2  (G-1)
SF.30.06.2004  VS  Holland - 2-1  (G-1) 
GR.11.06.2008  VS  Czech   - 1-3  (G-1) 
GR.17.06.2012  VS  Holland - 2-1  (G-2)
QF.21.06.2012  VS  Czech   - 1-0  (G-1) 
GR.23.06.2016  VS  Hungary - 3-3  (G-2)
SF.08.06.2016  VS  Wales   - 2-0  (G-1)

 PLATINI 9 EURO GOALS  
GR.12.06.1984 VS - Denmark     1-0  (G-1)  
GR.16.06.1984 VS - Belgium     5-0  (G-3) 
QF.19.06.1984 VS - Yugoslavia  3-2  (G-3)  
SF.23.06.1984 VS - Portugal    3-2  (G-1) 					         
FN.27.06.1984 VS - Spain       2-0  (G-1)
 Top scorers at EURO final tournaments 
9: Michel Platini (France)
9: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
7: Alan Shearer (England)
6: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
6: Thierry Henry (France)
6: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
6: Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
6: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
This will be the 4th meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. France won the previous three, all in semi-finals (EURO 1984, EURO 2000, World Cup 2006).

Portugal's last victory against France dates back to April 1975, in a friendly (2-0)

This will be France's fifth major tournament final. They won 3 of their previous 4 (EURO 1984 & 2000, World Cup 1998), but lost in (World Cup 2006)

This is Portugal's second major tournament final after EURO 2004 which they lost against Greece (0-1).

France are unbeaten at the Stade de France in major tournaments (5 wins & 1 draw at World Cup 1998/EURO 2016).

Antoine Griezmann has scored/assisted more goals than any other player at EURO 2016 (6 goals, 2 assists)

12 of France's 13 goals at EURO 2016 have been scored by Antoine Griezmann (6), Olivier Giroud (3) and Dimitri Payet (3)

Only Germany and Spain (3) have won more European Championships than France (2)

A BRACE BY GRIEZMANN : FRANCE TO FACE PORTUGAL IN THE GRAND FINALE

08.07.2016 : GERMANY 0-2 FRANCE - 80'.
FRA : Griezmann - Pen 45+1', 72'

GER : Neuer, Hector, Höwedes, Schweinsteiger, Özil, Draxler, Müller, Can, Boateng, Kroos, Kimmich

FRA : Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Payet, Sissoko, Griezmann, Giroud

PREVIEW - ADHIRAJ DUTTA : A high-profile encounter between title favorites Germany and tournament host France is set in the semifinals of the 2016 UEFA European Championship on Thursday, July 7 at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. With their strong lineups composed of club superstars all over Europe, the two national squads are heavy favorites to win this summer's Euros but only one them will have to opportunity to reach the final and win the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Germany is coming off a 1-1 (6-5) penalty shootout win over another title-favorite, Italy, in their quarterfinal match held at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux last Saturday. After a goalless first half of play, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil broke the game's deadlock at the 65th minute before Juventus center back Leonardo Bonucci equalized the count at the 78th. The game remained tied after extra time and so it has to be decided via penalties.

STAT : France beat Germany 2-0 in November, Giroud scored against Neuer — who has conceded only one goal at Euro 2016

STAT : Germany beat host Sweded in the semi final of Euro 92 by 3-2 and Euro 96 Semi-Final beat England 6-5 in Tie breaker.

STAT : Both the teams also met in the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Seville,Spain.

STAT : France's got 2 major titles on home soil — the European Championship in 1984 and World Cup in 1998

Meanwhile, France cruised past surprise quarterfinalists Iceland, 5-2, in their own last-eight encounter at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Sunday. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored a brace, netting the opening goal at the 12th minute and also the team's fifth and final one at the 59th, to lead manager Didier Deschamps' squad past the gritty Icelanders. Juventus' Paul Pogba, West Ham's Dimitri Payet, and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann contributed a goal each to complete Les Bleus' impressive five-goal haul in the contest.

Germany will head in this match against France without suspended defender Matt Hummels and injured starters Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Mario Gomez, which could be crucial to the world champions' Euro title campaign.

STAT : Germany and France have never met in the Euro.

STAT : This will be the fifth competitive meeting between Germany and France.

STAT : The last meeting between the two held in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final, which Germany won 1-0 courtesy Mats Hummels goal 13 minutes.

STAT : : Germany's top scorer Mario Gomez will be missing through injury.

STAT : France's Dmitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud have 10 goals between them. The hosts get back Adil Rami and N'Golo Kante after sitting out the semis against Iceland also due to suspension.

STAT : The first competitive meeting between France and Germany played in the third place game in the 1958 World Cup. France won the match 6-3 where France legendary player Just Fontaine scored 4 goals.

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PORTUGAL ARE IN THE FINAL OF EURO : DREAM RUN OF WALES ENDS

07.07.2016 : PORTUGAL 2-0 WALES (FT)
POR : Ronaldo 50', Nani 53'

POR : Patrício, Soares, Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro, Danilo, Mario, Silva, Renato Sanches, Ronaldo, Nani

WAL : Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Neil, Ashley, Allen, King, Robson Kanu, Bale, Ledley, Collins

REFEREE : Jonas Errikson (SWEDEN)
90': Match ends. PORTUGAL ARE IN THE FINAL OF THE EURO CUP.
53': Nani scored of a defection. Ronaldo's powerful shot was partially saved and unmarked Nani places in the open net.
53': GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL............Portugal increase the lead in quick succession
50': Christano Ronaldo's powerful header finds the target following a corner from Guerreiro from the right
50': GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL...........Portugal are leading
45': End of the first session. The match locked at goalless.
0': Match started
PREVIEW - ADHIRAJ DUTTA : The Euro 2004 finalist Portugal lock horns with the competition’s new blood and first time semi-finalist Wales on Wednesday evening.

Portugal are yet to win a game in regular time at the tournament in France, pulling through to the quarter finals in added extra time and the semi-finals with the aid of penalty shoot-out. The Portuguese have made to their fourth semi-final in 6 tournament appearances by edging past Poland on a penalty shoot-out on Thursday. They are still in search of their first ever European Championship title.
HEAD 2 HEAD
TOTAL MATCH : 3
Portugal Won : 2
Wales Won : 1
Draw : 0.
Last meeting
(02 Jun 2000) : Wales 0-3 Portugal


Wales made it to their first UEFA European championship semi-final in their first appearance at the tournament. The Dragons have lost once in the first 5 games of the competition, suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of neighbours England.

Fernando Santos will be without the services of tenacious William Carvalho. The middle man was booked in Portugal penalty decided quarter-final clash with Poland, while fullback Raphael Guerreiro and midfielder Andre Gomes are still sidelined with their respective injuries. Chris Coleman will be without the services of Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, who reached the card limit after picking up a booking in the quarter final clash with Belgium.
PORTUGAL LAST 6 MATCHES
30/06/2016 : 1-1 v Poland
25/06/2016 : 1-0 v Croatia
22/06/2016 : 3-3 v Hungary
18/06/2016 : 0-0 v Austria
14/06/2016 : 1-1 v Iceland

Both sides are meeting for the second time in the 21st century, with their first encounter being in 2000 during an international friendly in which Portugal won by a 3-0 score line. Wales have surpassed most people’s expectation with this Semi-final ticket, having to fight one of the competition most endowed team in the Quarter Final. One is weary of the surprise they have in their bag now, and will have to think twice before predicting Portugal will have a resounding victory.
WALESH LAST 6 MATCHES
01/07/2016 : 3-1 v Belgium
25/06/2016 : 1-0 v N Ireland
20/06/2016 : 3-0 v Russia
16/06/2016 : 1-2 v England
11/06/2016 : 2-1 v Slovakia

The Selecao on the other hand have not being convincing in all the 5 games played so far in the competition. They failed to win all their group games and the two knock-out games went beyond the regulation 90 minutes.

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GERMANY REACH IN THE SEMIFINALS TO BEAT ITALY IN PENALTY HOOT OUT

03.07.2016 : GERMANY 1-1, 6-5 (PEN) ITALY ( FT )
GER Ozil 65'
ITA : Bonucci (pen. 78')
PENALTY - ITA (5)
Insigne-scored
Zaza-Missed
Barzagli-scored
Pelle-Missed
Bonucci-Missed
Giaccherini-scored
Parolo-scored
De Sciglio-scored
Darmian-Missed
PENALTY - GER (6)
Kroos-scored
Muller-missed
Ozil-missed
Draxler-scored
Schweinsteiger-missed
Hummels-scored
Kimmich-scored
Boateng-scored
Hector-scored

GER : Neuer, Hector, Boateng, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Kimmich, Muller, Gomez.

ITA : Buffon, Chiellini, Bonucci, Baragli, Sturaro, Parolo, Giacchenini, Florenzi, De Scigilo, Pelle, Eder.

REF :Victor Kassai (Hungary)

120': EXTRA TIME GOING ON. 1-1. Now tie breaker

90':SCHEDULE TIME END. 1-1. NOW EXTRA TIME.

90': 3 minute added time.

85': 1-1 is the score line.

78': GOAAALL 1-1. Bonucchi scored from Penalty.
73': GERMANY IS LEADING 1-0.

66': GOAAAAALLLLL 1-0 to Germany. Ozil scored.
65': 0-0 score line.

46': 2nd half starts.

HT: 0-0 score line.

45': 55% ball possession of Germany.

STATS : Germany reached the semi-finals in last five major tournaments (WC 2006, Euro 2008, WC 2010, Euro 2012, WC 2014).

27': Buffon saved Mullar's shot for corner. No score from Germany corner kick.

16': Yellow card - Giacchenini, Italy.

STAT : Thomas Muller has 10 goals in 13 games World Cup games. But unable to score in 9 Euro games

15': 0-0 score line.

14': German plying short passes 10-12 nos before reaching Italy box.

10': 0-0 score line.

1': Match started at Bordeaux.
0': 1 minute of silence observed before ‪ game for the recent terror attack in Bangladesh.

The high profile match in the Euro between Germany and Italy for a birth in the semifinal will kick off at 12.30 IST
Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany played in 36 games at major tournaments. Only Miroslav Klose Played 37 Games.

Italy have picked 13 Yellow Cards in four games which highest in this Euro.

Italy's next goal will be their 50th against Germany.

Italy reached in the final in 1968 Euro after winning by toss following a 0-0 draw with the USSR.

This is Italy's ninth EURO final tournament

Italy won EURO thrice - in 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and 3 times runners-up. Germany were absent from the semi-finals in 2004, when they failed to qualify in the group stage.

Italy beat Germany 4-3 in addtional time in the semifinals of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, and won, 3-1, over Germany in the 1982 World Cup final in Madrid.

Germany are the only team yet to concede a single goal so far at Euro 2016 while Italy have conceded one goal at Euro 2016.

Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament. They have lost all four of their games against Italy in the knockout stages. Lost three times in World Cup (semi-final in 1970, final in 1982, semi-final in 2006) and once at the European Championship (semi-final in 2012).

Germany beat Italy 4-1 friendly victory over Italy in Munich on 30 March.

Italy star Daniele De Rossi may miss Euro 2016 quarter-final against Germany.

2012 EURO SEMI SCORE : GERMANY ( Ozil) 1-2 ITALY ( Baloteli-2)

LAST 33 HEAD TO HEAD
Germany Won - 8
Italy Won -15
Match Drew - 10
Germany scored - 40
Italy scored - 49