France's road to Euro 2016 final

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 10, 2016, 0:32

The two previous times resulted in two titles in 1984 and 1998.

For Evra, though, the dangers of France under-estimating Portugal are clear and he has urged both his team-mates and the nation to take Fernando Santos's team seriously.

When they returned home, the fallout was enormous and the players were loathed by the French public, who viewed them as irresponsible and selfish spoiled brats, and they were lambasted by politicians. Paddy Power are offering all new customers enhanced odds of 6/1 on France to beat Portugal in Sunday's Euro 2016 final. So if you wanted to believe something, why not that the baton of beating a team they've yet to beat will be passed from Germany to France to Portugal on Sunday.

Nuno Gomes put Portugal in front but Thierry Henry equalised for the world champions and Zinedine Zidane scored a golden goal victor from the penalty spot three minutes from the end of extra time.

Not fully because the aim of any game is to score goals and the victor is he who scores more.

"Now we are in the final again and we hope we will win it".

"I had my share [of finals] as a player".

As a coach, he is the same, and very, very strict with the instructions he gives to his players.

"But I am proud of my team-mates".

"When somebody gets paid to give their opinion, that doesn't mean they know what they are talking about", Raiola said.

"We had Hummels suspended and we lost (Jerome) Boateng with injury during the game, so we were missing four players at the end". And when they don't have the ball it gets even more complicated.

"That gives us greater strength, it's lovely to see, but we still have that final step to take to really finish this competition in the best possible fashion".

"We've already [written history]".

"Part of the reason he has been able to reinvent himself is because of how hard he works - right from the start of his career, when we were together at Old Trafford, he was totally committed to improving every part of his game". When you see the passion and the fervour in the stands around the ground... "We are stronger, more solid, more united". We are one team. We have to keep our feet on the ground, there's still a match to go; we're going to enjoy tonight but tomorrow we'll prepare for the final. "We don't have the same parents, but I respect his mother like mine and his brothers like mine".

"We'll talk about it on the flight home, but this has been a good tournament for us".

"We showed a lot of courage so there is nothing to criticise the team for".

"It's just bad luck, just an unlucky action", Germany coach Joachim Loew said of the penalty.

Neuer added: "Nevertheless, we still had the chance to bounce back but simply couldn't score".

"We played well up front and we were unlucky to concede a penalty with the handball just a minute before the break".

"We went through a crisis in French football", Lloris acknowledged.

At the 1992 European Championship in Sweden, the home nation was beaten 3-2 by the Germans in the semi-finals before Denmark pulled off a shock 2-0 win in the final. As much as I respect Portugal, I don't think they will provide much of a challenge for France; on condition Les Bleus do not underestimate them. "It is very unfair to criticize this team".


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