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Portugal 0-1 France
Wednesday, 5 July 2006




Portugal

0-1
(0-1)
France

Z Zidane 33 (pen)

 
Bookings:

A Ricardo Carvalho 83yellow card
 

 
Bookings:

L Saha 87yellow card


PORTUGALFRANCE

Possession

51% 49%

Shots on target

6 3

Shots off target

4 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

16 10


Portugal

  • 01 A Ricardo
  • 13 L Miguel (63 R Paulo Ferreira )
  • 05 F Meira
  • 16 A Ricardo Carvalho yellow card
  • 14 J Nuno Valente
  • 06 F Costinha (74 H Postiga )
  • 18 N Maniche
  • 20 A Deco
  • 17 C Ronaldo
  • 09 P Pauleta (68 S Simao )
  • 07 L Figo

Subtitutes

  • 15 L Boa Morte,
  • 03 M Caneira,
  • 21 M Nuno Gomes,
  • 02 R Paulo Ferreira,
  • 22 J Paulo Santos,
  • 23 H Postiga,
  • 12 S Quim,
  • 04 M Ricardo Costa,
  • 11 S Simao,
  • 19 C Tiago,
  • 10 H Viana

France

  • 16 F Barthez
  • 19 W Sagnol
  • 15 L Thuram
  • 05 W Gallas
  • 03 E Abidal
  • 22 F Ribery (72 S Govou )
  • 04 P Vieira
  • 10 Z Zidane
  • 06 C Makelele
  • 07 F Malouda (69 S Wiltord )
  • 12 T Henry (85 L Saha yellow card )

Subtitutes

  • 02 J Boumsong,
  • 21 P Chimbonda,
  • 23 G Coupet,
  • 08 V Dhorasoo,
  • 18 A Diarra,
  • 17 G Givet,
  • 09 S Govou,
  • 01 M Landreau,
  • 14 L Saha,
  • 13 M Silvestre,
  • 20 D Trezeguet,
  • 11 S Wiltord

Ref: Jorge Larrionda
Att: 66000


THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED

By Charlie Henderson

"It's all over and "Big Phil" is finally beaten at the World Cup. Some Portugal players are in tears, as is France defender Willy Sagnol. France set beautiful football to one side to play a containing game to protect their lead after the break and it worked, with Portugal unable to produce the quality required to snatch an equaliser. It is vindication for Domenech who has been on the receiving end of fierce criticism during his reign."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

"I have more than a smile. Tactically and physically they dominated the game. I'm pleased and proud. They will bring experience to the final and Italy will be really under pressure. Let's see a beautiful game in the final. Nobody expected France to reach the final, but for sure they are going to win it."
Marcel Desailly, BBC Sport TV

"Portugal could have been there for another five hours and they wouldn't have scored. In their front third they were very weak."
Alan Shearer, BBC Sport TV

2155 BST: Raymond Domenech's opposite number Luiz Felipe Scolari remonstrates with the referee, wagging his finger and exchanging words, while Cristiano Ronaldo, the pantomime villain of the night, troops off in tears.

2154 BST: While French players take the plaudits from their fans, Thierry Henry draped in a Tricolore, on the touchline it is hugs all around for coach Raymond Domenech.

"A disappointing game. Once France took the lead they weren't interested in getting a second goal. I thought Portugal would come on much more to grab the game from France, but there was nothing there from them."
Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

FULL-TIME: The dream lives on for Zinedine Zidane as France hold on to go through to Sunday's final in Berlin against Italy which will be his final match. Portugal, as in 1966, go out at the semi-final stage and will face the hosts Germany in Stuttgart on Saturday.

90 + 5 mins: We are playing added added time and a last chance for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo's through one-on-one with Fabien Barthez but is pulled back for offside.

90 + 4 mins: Two late corners for Portugal which sandwich a squirted cross-cum-shot across goal from Helder Postiga. Even Ricardo goes forward now, but despite Portuguese pressure they cannot force an equaliser and French fans breathe easy when Fabien Barthez catches a cross.

90 + 3 mins: That's when you want a striker as your furthest man forward and not a defender. Lilian Thuram's header under a high ball falls to Fernando Meira but he blazes a volley well, well wide.

90 + 1 min: France break forward and Sylvain Wiltord know what he wants to do on the left flank and that's hold on to possession. When he opts to pass, Louis Saha gifts the ball to Portugal but they fail to make the substitute pay.

90 mins: One final fling from Luiz Felipe Scolari. Before it was John Travolta, now it's Bez from the Hacienda heydays of the Happy Mondays. Arms everywhere, he's in his own dancing heaven...and footballing hell. There will be four more minutes.

88 mins: Portugal work tight passing patterns outside the area on the left but again there is no way through.

87 mins: A second yellow card and Louis Saha will miss what looks like being the biggest match of his career after a horrible two-footed lunge on Luis Figo.

85 mins: A final French change and Louis Saha gets the call to arms. As in the Brazil game, Thierry Henry goes off.

"Portugal are getting desperate, and virtually ever member of their squad is out in the technical area appealing for yellow cards on a couple of occasions when Ronaldo is bundled to the ground. Hilariously, Scolari orders them back to the dug-out and tells them to calm down - before raging at the officials himself. "Big Phil" is facing his first defeat in a World Cup tournament unless Portugal can breathe life into this game."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

84 mins: Luis Figo wins a corner. What can he do with it? Not much. Zinedine Zidane clears.

82 mins: The first yellow of the match and Ricardo Carvalho will miss the next match, be it in Berlin or, as looks more likely, Stuttgart. With the ball pinging about midfield like a pinball machine he slides in on Sylvain Wiltord. Nasty and dangerous.

81 mins: France are living dangerously as the game is played out almost exclusively in their own half. Patrick Vieira climbs high to head Luis Figo's free-kick clear.

80 mins: Now it's Cristiano Ronaldo who goes to ground in the box. This is getting ridiculous.

78 mins: Fabien Barthez makes a right mess of Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick. It bounces up off his chest but Luis Figo heads the rebound over the bar, with Helder Postiga getting in the way of his captain in the race for the ball.

75 mins: If one man should know this pitch it is Bayern Munich full-back Willy Sagnol, but he gets disorientated under a high ball and plays France into trouble deep in their own half. They hang on but are beginning to look a little weary as Portugal dominate possession. Helder Postiga throws himself to the ground in the box.

74 mins: A last change from Luiz Felipe Scolari and he's going for it. Costinha goes off early to check his stickers and Helder Postiga is on to lead the line.

RATER POLL: Only 28% of you believe Portugal can haul themselves back into this game.

72 mins: Another substitution. Sidney Govou comes on for Franck Ribery, one of the 10 starters on a yellow card.

71 mins: Back to the on field action. France have dropped deep and Portugal can find no way through after a corner is half cleared.

69 mins: A change for France as well. Sylvain Wiltord comes on for Florent Malouda. There's actually more going on on the touchline at the moment. Luiz Felipe Scolari does some old school disco dancing straight out of Grease. Arms rolled over each other before he points to the sky a la John Travolta.

68 mins: Paris St Germain forward Pauleta, the only Portuguese international never to have played in his domestic top-flight, leaves the action. Simao Sabrosa comes on. Portugal do now not have a recognised striker.

"Portugal need to make something happen and fast. France have taken the heat out of the game totally and neither Ronaldo or Deco are seeing enough of the ball. France are making the most of every break in play and the game has become very disjointed. Pauleta looks completely out of his depth."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

66 mins: What's going on? This match is falling apart at the seams and getting pretty dull. There's little structure, France look happy to sit on the lead and Pauleta takes a dive.

64 mins: It's all got a bit scrappy. Eric Abidal returns to the field.

62 mins: Another full-back is down now. Eric Abidal takes Luis Figo's cross straight in the face and falls to the grass with a thump. Paulo Ferreira replaces Miguel.

60 mins: Miguel is struggling and a first change is imminent.

57 mins: Miguel's run forward comes to an end when he crumples in a heap. Pauleta appeals forcefully for a free-kick but France play on believing he dived before William Gallas opts to clear. After treatment the full-back returns to the fray.

55 mins: Stop the press - a shocking touch from Zinedine Zidane. Franck Ribery races down the left and with Zidane and Thierry Henry in space in the middle plays in his skipper. His subsequent pass is far too far ahead of Henry.

53 mins: Pauleta holds up the ball on the left edge of the area and turns Lilian Thuram to get a shot in. The net billows and Portuguese fans in the crowd are on their feet - but it was the side netting.

"Thierry Henry looks to have stepped up a gear and Franck Ribery always looks capable of producing a threat. Another worrying sign for Portugal - Luiz Felipe Scolari has actually sat down."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

49 mins: Ricardo's called into action again. He palms Franck Ribery's fierce drive high in the air and grabs the ball at the second attempt.

48 mins: Ricardo makes a save from Thierry Henry at his near post but doesn't know much about it. He gets a hand to Henry's low drive which squirms underneath his body and, to his relief, out for a corner.

2104 BST: France are finally up to their full complement and we resume.

2103 BST: France come out in dribs and drabs as they have in a number of matches during the tournament. Lilian Thuram is the last man to amble out.

2102 BST: Luiz Felipe Scolari comes out before his team with a face as crimson as their shirts. It's fair to say they will have had a half-time rollicking.

"If I was Luiz Felipe Scolari I'd put Cristiano Ronaldo against Eric Abidal. I think he'd have a lot of success."
Alan Hansen, BBC Sport TV

"France have been trying a little bit more to play. Portugal have a problem with Deco. He didn't play in the last match and he doesn't have the condition."
Marcel Desailly, BBC Sport TV

"It's a tale of two centre forwards. Henry always looks a threat when he gets the ball, but Portugal's Pauleta, you never expect him to score. He hasn't got the pace or movement to get away from the France defenders."
Alan Hansen, BBC Sport TV

"Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty claim was a dive straight away. He flings himself forward."
Alan Shearer, BBC Sport TV

"If you walked into this game now and said it was a semi-final nobody would believe you. The problem is a lot's riding on it and there are so many players on yellow cards. If there was contact for the penalty it was minimal. Thierry Henry didn't go down on purpose and the foul wasn't deliberate."
Graham Taylor BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME A stop-start 45 minutes and the difference, as it was in the match six years ago, is a Zinedine Zidane penalty.

45 mins: In the sole minute of injury time Portuguese arms go up quicker than the Arsenal back four of old appealing for offside at the promise of another penalty. Referee Jorge Larrionda waves away their claims for a handball against Lilian Thuram on the edge of the area.

"Referee Larrionda looks like he is feeling the pressure as players from both sides constantly accuse opponents of diving. It is unsavoury and the referee is now making one or two dubious calls - not necessarily all his fault."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

43 mins: France win two free-kicks deep outside the Portugal area but fail to seriously test their opponents.

39 mins: The jeers seem to be firing up Cristiano Ronaldo. His direct run at goal from halfway ends in a corner but nothing comes from it.

36 mins: Portugal's players and fans protest as a penalty claim falls on deaf ears. Cristiano Ronaldo climbs high to get on the end of Luis Figo's cross but falls to the ground. A good decision by the referee despite the close attention afforded Ronaldo by Willy Sagnol.

33 mins: GOAL Portugal 0-1 France
Goalkeeper Ricardo said God was Portuguese after his heroics against England in the shoot-out. Zinedine Zidane takes a two-step walk-up and, while the Portugal keeper dives the correct way to his right and gets a hand to it, he cannot keep it out. The Big Man upstairs must be watching something else tonight.

RATER POLL: Mixed views from you with 56% saying referee Jorge Larrionda was right to award the penalty.

32 mins: Penalty for France. Thierry Henry turns inside on the edge of the area and is caught by Ricardo Carvalho. Zinedine Zidane steps up for the spot-kick.

30 mins: If Raymond Domenech had the chance to vote with you it's clear what he'd say. Cristiano Ronaldo goes down near the dug out and the French coach gives the international sign for diving.

RATER POLL: Cristiano Ronaldo is getting stick every time he touches the ball and you have mixed feelings, with 56% believing it is justified criticism.

28 mins: Franck Ribery releases Thierry Henry. The Arsenal man steps one way, then the other trying to throw off Miguel. He eventually does, but his stabbed shot on goal from an acute angle is weak.

27 mins: A first test for referee Jorge Larrionda. Ricardo Carvalho and Zinedine Zidane collide on the edge of the area and as Portugal break Patrick Vieira brings down Deco. No yellow cards but some heart in mouth moments for Ricardo Carvalho, Zidane and Vieira who are all on yellow cards.

25 mins: Zinedine Zidane has failed to hit the heights he achieved against Brazil. A weak, clipped pass from right of the area is easily cleared.

"Luiz Felipe Scolari is a source of rich entertainment on the touchline. During one passage of play when Portugal have the ball in defence he is like a traffic policeman, pointing which player the man in possession should pass to next. Not surprisingly his charges oblige."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

21 mins: Portugal are down to walking pace, popping the ball about in defence. "Big Phil" is showing more movement on the touchline, pacing up and down trying to get his point across.

19 mins: France are playing possession football and have taken all the pace out of the game. That fast start is quickly becoming a distant memory.

"Deco transforms Portugal as a team, knitting everything together alongside Maniche, while France clearly feel there is joy to be had down the flanks against Nuno Valente and Miguel."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

16 mins: Portugal pick it up now and after a wasted corner Luis Figo drives in a low shot from distance. He stays down after colliding with Patrick Vieira in the follow through. The break affords Raymond Domenech to have a few words with Thierry Henry on the touchline. Immediately after being stretchered off Figo jumps back to his feet and jogs back on.

14 mins: Thierry Henry doesn't gamble and a chance goes begging. Eric Abidal's inviting low cross from the left whistles through the Portugal six-yard box.

13 mins: A spell of more settled play after a fast start. It is an open game and there is the promise of another entertaining semi-final.

RATER POLL: Only a fortnight ago France were tipped for an early exit. Now 79% of you reckon they will make the World Cup final.

10 mins: Lilian Thuram slides in in the six-yard box to clear Luis Figo's cross from the right off Pauleta's toes. Portugal have clearly settled the quicker.

9 mins: Maniche never showed this shooting prowess in his stop-start stay at Chelsea this season. He lets fly with a dipping drive which goes narrowly over the bar.

7 mins: Nuno Valente panics at the back and concedes an unnecessary corner. Zinedine Zidane's corner is hooked clear by Maniche. The man they call "President Zizou" is, like Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, roundly booed.

4 mins: A nippy run from Cristiano Ronaldo is greeted by yet more boos. He plays in Deco who works space outside the area and fires on goal. Fabien Barthez's palmed save almost falls to Pauleta but the striker cannot get on the end of it.

3 mins: Claude Makelele is caught in possession but his fellow midfield enforcer Patrick Vieira helps him out and wins back possession.

1 min: It's a slow start from Portugal right-back Miguel who is caught napping as Florent Malouda races through on to a long ball. He mis-times his left-foot shot and drags it across goal.

"Hit the stopwatch. Only 40 seconds gone and "Big Phil" Scolari is already prowling the touchline. And just to prove someone can unite the French and the English, Cristiano Ronaldo is savagely jeered by the France supporters every time he touches the ball."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

2000 BST: France start.

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

1959 BST: The Portuguese are in a huddle and for France it's hugs and high fives before the kick off.

1956 BST: Now it is France and never mind "Allez Les Bleus" or "Allez Les Vieux", it's "Allez Les Blancs" tonight as the French wear white for the third successive knockout match.

1955 BST: The camera pans down the line of the Portuguese team at the anthem and there are the Twins of Evil from an English perspective - Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo. On the touchline Big Phil has his eyes shut.

"Munich's magnificent Allianz Arena is awash with colour - and two legends of France and Portugal are in attendance to add their own glitter to the occasion. Former France captain Michel Platini is watching from the VIP seats, with the great Portuguese star Eusebio sitting nearby. The two greats share a handshake before kick-off."
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Munich

1954 BST: The teams emerge led by Real Madrid's two first galacticos - Portugal captain Luis Figo and France captain Zinedine Zidane.

"Deco's return is a big plus for Portugal. He's a top class player with wonderful ability and in the last two years he's blossomed. They missed him against England. My only reservation is he doesn't get up quickly enough after hitting that invisible spider."
Martin O'Neill, BBC Sport TV

"If you believe in fate France are going to win - it's Zinedine Zidane's last tournament. He's by far the best player I've ever played against. But Portugal have some big scalps behind them and they'll be tough to beat."
Alan Shearer, BBC Sport TV

1952 BST: But Luiz Felipe Scolari is the sort of bloke who laughs in the face of history and bites off the fickle finger of footballing fate. "History tells us that France must be favourites," he has said. "But we had not beaten Brazil for 40 years until we overcame them. We hadn't beaten Spain in years but we did it. We have to convince the players it's time to turn the page."

1949 BST: Portugal's last victory came in April 1975, when the oldest member of their squad was only two years and five months old. Four of Luis Figo's team-mates were also born before that win - just.

1947 BST: On each occasion that France beat Portugal in a semi-final they went on to win the tournament. Those were both in the European Championship and the teams have never played each other at a World Cup.

"It will be a difficult game again. Portugal lost the semi-final in 1984 and at Euro 2000 so they are upset and again it's a semi-final. Even if France play at the level they played against Brazil we are not sure they will qualify. It will be a battle for sure but I hope I'll be smiling at the end."
Marcel Desailly, BBC Sport TV

1945 BST: History is against Portugal as well. In 21 previous head-to-head meetings France have won 15 games and lost just five. Of those, two have been competitive and both have been semi-finals. France won 3-2 in Marseille after extra-time in 1984 and then 2-1, after that golden goal, in 2000 in Brussels.

1942 BST: Maybe Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a more authoritative oracle on such matters. "The art of a tournament is to start slowly without losing and finishing strong," the Frenchman said. "You have to catch that wave of success and it looks to me like France have. Portugal's weakness maybe is they do not score many goals."

1940 BST: His compatriot Pele does not think so, but that in itself is the kiss of death. The Brazilian backed an African team to win the World Cup before the end of the 1990s and is not the man to go to if you're after a sure-fire winner. His most recent faux pas? Germany to beat Italy last night.

1937 BST: That unbeaten World Cup run now numbers 12 matches. Will it be unlucky 13 for the Brazilian?

1936 BST: Ah, Luiz Felipe Scolari, or as he is more generally known "Big Phil". What was it the FA saw in him? He has never lost a World Cup game, is looking to become the first man to lead a foreign country to World Cup glory and the first coach to lift the famous trophy with two different nations.

1933 BST: Luiz Felipe Scolari's side have also lost just one match since the last major championship - a February 2005 friendly against the Republic of Ireland. That was 20 games ago, a new national record. They have gone 17 competitive games unbeaten since losing the Euro 2004 final at home to Greece. They were the highest scorers in European qualifying with 35 goals.

1931 BST: Since losing to Greece in the quarter-finals, France have gone 15 competitive matches unbeaten, drawing seven. Their last, and only loss since Euro 2004, came at home to Slovakia in March this year. They were the lowest scorers in European qualifying with 14 goals.

1927 BST: Greece is the word, is the word that you heard, it's got groove, it's got meaning. That's Greece, not grease, and while the Euro 2004 winners didn't do it with much groove they certainly have meaning for these two who lost to them two years ago.

1924 BST: Okay, so we've assertained there's not much love lost between these two, but what do they have in common?

1922 BST: Portugal haven't won many friends in Germany, something Luiz Felipe Scolari has been defending recently, but they have one new-found fan backing them. Reinhold Frie, the owner of the hotel they have been staying in, swapped allegiance from Germany to his guests. "We are confident you will beat France and, in the final, even if you play my Germany, I will cheer you on," he said as they changed bases ahead of the semis.

1919 BST: Well never mind if the beliefs of Raymond Domenech are out there, his players are. The squads are going through their pre-match routines in the Allianz Arena.

1917 BST: Are Portugal killers or just daft like their coach?

  • Portuguese Scorpios: 4 - Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Quim and Maniche.
  • Portuguese Leos: 2 - Luis Boa Morte and Helder Postiga.

    1914 BST: Another of Raymond Domenech's passions after astrology is amateur dramatics, which appears to be something that also interests Luiz Felipe Scolari, both when he's prancing about on the touchline and explaining his footballing philosophy. "Footballers shouldn't be a tame cow from a nativity play," the Brazilian has said. And you thought that Scorpio stuff was out there.

    "I'm a Virgo so I'm alright. Raymond Domenech's a strange character but here he is one game away from the World Cup final. When things start to go well the attention turns to the players and it comes away from he manager and that's what has happened to him."
    Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

    1910 BST: Raymond Domenech is right about Leos. The other day, when William Gallas was asked a question by a British reporter he replied: "Je ne parle pas l'anglais." When the reporter said he knew quite well that the Chelsea defender spoke English the Frenchman again gave his answer in French. Daft as a brush or what? And you thought Costinha was crazy.

    1908 BST: You were promised more from the wierd and wonderful world of Raymond Domenech and here it is. While the France coach clearly isn't ageist, he is star sign-ist. "Scorpio's end up killing each other," he has explained, "and Leos will try to do something daft."

  • French Scorpios: 0.
  • French Leos: 5 - William Gallas, Sidney Govou, Thierry Henry, Mikael Silvestre and Louis Saha.

    1905 BST: Costinha's one of five Portuguese players in their thirties, but it is France who are the oldest squad left in the tournament. The traditional shout of "Allez Les Bleus" has been replaced by "Allez Les Vieux" in Germany.

    1901 BST: Fifa has asked players not to swap shirts on the pitch at the World Cup, but it's stickers the returning Costinha's more interested in. "I have all the albums from every European Championship or World Cup since 1974," said the midfielder, who was born that year. Is that normal for a 31-year-old?

    1858 BST: Ten of those players will start tonight. Portugal welcome back midfield duo Costinha and Deco after bans. Tiago and the now suspended Petit make way. Prior to the World Cup, France coach Raymond Domenech had never named the same side for two successive matches but he has kept faith with the XI that beat both Spain and Brazil.

    1955 BST: A number of players will be wary of wayward tackles with Jorge Larrionda in the middle. There's a team of players starting on yellow cards tonight: Ricardo; Sagnol, Thuram, Ricardo Carvalho; Nuno Valente; Vieira, Maniche, Figo, Ribery, Zidane; Saha.

    1850 BST: As well as that Italy v USA match Jorge Larrionda has taken charge of Portugal's win over Angola (when he booked Nuno Valente and Cristiano Ronaldo) and France's victory against Togo (when he booked Claude Makelele).

    1846 BST: The 38-year-old Uruguayan will not be worried about injecting a bit of extra bite to proceedings having sent off three players at the tournament in the Italy v USA group match. He has taken charge of three games so his average for red cards isn't a hard one to work out. When you add yellows into the mix that rises to five cards-a-game.

    1842 BST: So then, all we need now is someone to light the blue touch paper - or le touche papier bleu - in Munich. Step forward referee Jorge Larrionda.

    1839 BST: Three years ago Raymond Domenech was in charge at the Under-21 European Championship and France again finished with 10 men after Djibril Cisse was dismissed. In the match's aftermath, Portugal players refused to take a drugs test and Domenech rounded off the whole episode by accusing his opponents of "loutish behaviour".

    1836 BST: A decade ago Raymond Domenech was at the helm at the Atlanta Olympics when France lost to Portugal in the last eight. Jerome Bonnissel was sent off and 11 players were booked.

    1834 BST: Another who was not part of that 2000 match was present French coach Raymond Domenech - who we'll have much more of later - but he has crossed swords with Portugal previously in 1996 and 2003.

    1831 BST: Portugal reserve striker Helder Postiga was not involved but has admitted in the build-up to this game that that loss "still rankles" and has commented on the "huge rivalry".

    1827 BST: There are 10 survivors from that match in tonight's squads, seven for France and three for Portugal, including birthday boy Nuno Gomes who was the only one of the suspended trio to return to Portuguese colours.

    1824 BST: Famously they met in the semi-finals at Euro 2000 when France won a last-minute extra-time golden goal penalty that sparked a brawl. The result was France went on to win and take the title in their next match while three Portuguese players - Nuno Gomes, Abel Xavier and Paulo Bento - were handed hefty bans.

    1820 BST: First things first, there is some serious needle between these sides dating back over the last 10 years that could add an extra dimension to tonight's proceedings.

    TEAM LINE-UPS

    Portugal: Ricardo, Miguel, Carvalho, Meira, Valente, Costinha, Maniche, Deco, Figo, Ronaldo, Pauleta.

    France: Barthez, Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas, Abidal, Vieira, Makelele, Ribery, Zidane, Malouda, Henry.




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