#PORFRA – Portugal vs. France in the final!
This is the fourth time these teams have met in major tournament competition. The other three matches were semi-final contests, Euro 1984, Euro 2000, and World Cup 2006.
The narrative is all about Cristiano Ronaldo. POR will play a 4-1-3-2, with Nani joining C-Ron on the attack.
FRA will play a 4-4-1-1 with Grioud and Griezmann on top. Payet and Pogba have both had a great tournament in midfield, and three of the back four for France have come through, in spite of Evra being mediocre at best.
Kickoff at 1400EDT
1358EDT – National Anthems sung, teams shake hands, here we go!
1359EDT Renato Sanches (POR) is the youngest player to compete in a Euro final.
1359EDT Referee is Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
01:10 – clean tackle on Payet, despite the home crowd reaction
02:05 – Clattenburg very much letting them play
03:53 – Nani can’t control his shot
05:15 – intense French pressure, very aggressive. Payet doing well.
06:10 – Sissoko is a BEAST so far. Strikers need to settle and deliver what Sissoko and Payet offer.
09:08 – Griezmann solid shot, Patricio makes a great save. Payet-to-Giroud corner, just not there
16:20 – C-ron down a second time, in pain. Always hard to tell just how much this guy’s faking.
20:02 – C-ron back.
21:33 – Sissoko another good run, should’ve settled and/or passed, but they did get the corner
23:14 – C-ron down a third time. Get him out of there. Nani gets the armband, off on a stretcher. Quaresma comes on, Ronaldo out.
28:25 – no, Darke, it’s not that “France has lost their fizz” as much as POR have settled
33:07 – Sissoko! good shot, brings Patricio down to save it.
33:42 – Cedric booked for taking down Pogba.
37:30 – too many touches, POR lucky to come out of that with a corner
40:10 – Sagna gets a touch. Forgot he was even out there.
45+1 – head collision, ouch!
47:10 – Sissoko did foul Pepe, but Pepe isn’t selling it as a caution
47:50 – Darke has a point, the officiating has been good. Twellman is also right about reforming the yellow-card-suspension rules
53:36 – Pogba takes the football equivalent of a 3-point NBA shot. Goes high, but puts the POR backs on notice
54:30 – Twellman rips Euro 2016/French security “if you’re getting flares in, something’s wrong” – YES
55:18 – Pogba is the MOTM for FRA so far
57:26 – Payet out, Kingsley Coman on for FRA. Payet gave it his all, time for fresh legs to keep pushing hard.
57:58 – Griezmann’s shot low-percentage, straight to Patricio
63:01 – Props to POR defense, they’ve marginalized the FRA strikers and have kept form on set pieces, like this latest corner
64:55 – Sagna and Evra able to push forward, but they’re awful when they arrive
65:12 – Coman! great cross, Griezmann can’t put it in as the ball goes high
65:57 – Second POR sub Moutinho for Silva
69:29 – POR defense still tight as Griezmann sends a free kick in where there are no blue shirts.
71:40 – Giroud to Coman, where was Olivier on the follow-up???
74:27 – Giroud finally taking good shots! good save by Patricio
76:45 – Giroud can’t believe Griezmann didn’t take that shot. solid position in the box.
77:30 – Grioud out, Gignac in for FRA
78:15 – Sanches out, Eder in for POR
79:17 – Lloris two saves in seconds. Good thing he’s stayed awake.
80:00 – Dumb challenge by Umtiti for FRA
83:17 – Sissoko from 30m! Patricio is there..incredible.
86:35 – Sissoko and Griezmann just aren’t on the same page today.
90+2 – Gignac hits the near post! Sooo close! Griezmann there, but unable to pick up the trash.
94:09 – Quaresma takes a kick, for the first action. These teams are awful right now. Then POR offside on top of it
94:55 – Guerrero booked for being stupid. POR playing poorly so far in extra time
95:20 – Matuidi now being stupid for FRA
97:50 – Carvalho with the professional foul on Coman
99:35 – Good corner by Griezmann, all hands for POR
100:10 – Crowd booing Pogba, but he’s working it for FRA
103:10 – POR ridiculous with the pushing
103:19 – Lloris with a fantastic save on the corner!
105:00 – Switch sides
105:50 – Moutinho isn’t selling a card on that one. POR get a free kick
106:50 – that was Eder who hit the ball! koscienly was unjustly booked.
107:30 – Guerreiro with a great free kick, but Lloris makes a stunning save!
108:30 – Eder scores! Cheating pays off!
110:15 – Gignac could have been awarded a penalty for that. He was held.
114:10 – Pogba in the book. Fair call.
POR 1-0 FRA
Neither team wanted to win. FRA wanted it less.