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Portugal v France: What the stats say ahead Euro 2020 showdown

Portugal have won only one of their last 13 matches against France (D1 L11), that was the UEFA European Championship final in 2016, played at the Stade de France.

This is the fifth match between Portugal and France at a major tournament, but it’s the first time they’ve met in the group stages; all four previous encounters took place in the semis (Euro 1984, Euro 2000, World Cup 2006) or final (Euro 2016). France won the first three whilst Portugal came out victors in the Euro 2016 showpiece match.

The last four matches between Portugal and France have only produced three goals (2 for France, 1 for Portugal).

Following their 1-1 draw with Hungary on MD2, France have avoided defeat in more matches when trailing at half-time than any other team in European Championships history (6 – W4 D2).

France are unbeaten in each of their last 11 group stage games at major international tournaments (World Cup and Euros), winning seven and drawing four. However, each of their last three MD3 group games in these tournaments have ended level (D3).

? Last time out versus Germany (2-4), Portugal became the first reigning champions in European Championship history to concede four goals in a single match in the competition. Indeed, Portugal had never conceded four goals in a single European Championship match before facing Germany on MD2.

Portugal have lost two of their last three matches at major tournaments (World Cup and Euros), one more than they had lost in the previous 17 such games combined (W8 D8 L1) – they last lost consecutive such matches within a single tournament at EURO 2008.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored against France. In fact, they are the opponent against which he’s played the most often without ever finding the back of the net in international football (6 games, 439 minutes).

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 19 goals at the World Cup and European Championships combined; no European player has ever scored more across the two competitions (level with Miroslav Klose). Indeed, Ronaldo has scored in 14 different major tournament matches (World Cup and Euros), the joint-most of any European player, alongside Jürgen Klinsmann and Miroslav Klose.

Antoine Griezmann has scored 11 goals at major international tournaments (World Cup and Euros); only Michel Platini (14), Just Fontaine (13) and Thierry Henry (12) have more for France. In fact, only Henry (10) and Platini (10) have scored in more different major tournament matches for France than Griezmann (9).

France head coach Didier Deschamps only scored four goals in 103 caps as a player for the national team, but his last goal came against Portugal in a friendly in January 1997.

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