Portugal and France, two of the pre-tournament favorites, go head to go within the final group game with neither team guaranteed safe passage to the knockout stages. Portugal took 80 minutes to interrupt down an obdurate Hungary in their opener before succumbing 4- 2 to Germany in an exhilarating but ultimately chastening encounter. The French looked impressive in their first game as they earned a hard-fought victory over Germany but were held to a shock draw with Hungary in their follow-up. Portugal vs France is thanks to beginning at 8 pm BST on Wednesday, June 23. In the UK, sport is going to be available to observe survive BBC On and via the BBC iPlayer.
The match will happen at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest. If you’re watching from the States, the match is out there on ESPN and kicks off at 12 pm PT and 3 pm ET. The expansion of the tournament to include 24 teams means the “group of death” moniker could be a misnomer since there’s still an opportunity for all three big hitters in Group F to get to the knockout stages. Still, a repeat of the 2016 European Championships final with such a lot on the road means this is often likely to be essential viewing.
Portugal knows a draw would be enough to ascertain their progress while France is already through but only one point above their opponents and Germany. A win would guarantee a top spot for the French as they bid to win two major tournaments on the bounce. In previous matches between the 2 sides, Portugal has won six, drawn two, and lost 19. the foremost recent clash, in November 2020, was a win for France but the 2016 final will provide Portugal with all the inspiration they have. Cristiano Ronaldo is now only two goals far away from Ali Daei’s legendary figure of 109 international goals; could he level the record during a game of this magnitude?