The two teams reissue the final of the last edition of the European Championship played on French soil with many changes in their squads
With qualifications underway for the round of 16 of the Euro 2020, Portugal and France will meet this Wednesday at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest, Hungary for the third and last round of group F. In addition to the need to win the match to advance without problem to the round of 16, the two teams also reissue the final of the last edition of the Eurocup disputed on French soil and that ended with the Portuguese winning the title.
And since then, although it may not seem like it, the two teams that will take to the field this Wednesday have changed a lot. The new players, most of them still young, have replaced others who no longer even defend their respective countries. However, some stars still follow.
The main figure is Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, who at 36 years old disputes his fifth European Championship and with 12 goals, is already the top scorer in the history of the competition. In France, 34-year-old goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who also started in 2016, continues to wear the No. 1 Bleus jersey.
In the 2016 Final, played at the Stade de France, in Paris, and won by the Portuguese 1-0, with a goal from Éder marked in extra time, the Lusitanians entered the field with: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Pepe and José Fonte; William Carvalho, João Mário, Renato Sanches and Adrian Silva; Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of these names, only four remain among the holders of Fernando Santos, which is still the technician; the players are: Rui Patrício, Pepe, William Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo. In other positions, Portugal has gained new names like the defender Rúben Days and the midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, which together are worth 235 million euros, according to the site Transfermarkt, and that they have made a difference in the current team.
Besides them, other players like the forwards Diogo Jota, 24, who is in the Liverpool, Y João Felix, 21, from Atlético de Madridas well as the striker Nuno mendes, only 19 years old, from Sporting, this edition is also new.
France, on the other hand, underwent even more changes. Of the team that played in the 2016 final, only the goalkeeper Cries, the midfielder Paul pogba and the striker Antoine Griezmann they remain in the starting eleven. At that moment, Kylian MbappéStill 16 years old, he didn’t even dream of defending the French national team jersey.
Players like Benjamin Pavard, Kimpembe and Lucas Digne, the defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté, which was also in 2016, but was not a starter. Not to mention Adrien Rabiot.
In attack, the madridista Karim Benzema, now 33 years old and in 2016 he was not summoned by Didier deschamps, left the controversies behind and was called again for the Eurocup of this year. For its part, Olivier Giroud, starting center forward in the previous edition, but now he is a substitute.
For the current Euro, Deschamps he also called some bets like the goalkeeper Mike maignan, 25 years old, from Lille, the defender Jules Kooundé (22 years old), from Seville, and the striker Marcus thuram (23 years old), from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In fact, one of the characteristics of the two teams is the mixture of experience and youth. So much so that the average age of Portugal Y France is 27.8 years and 27.9 years, respectively.
Group F leader, France has four points, so it is mathematically classified, and if Germany defeat Hungary, is ranked as one of the top four third ranked.
Portugal, with three points, currently occupies third place in the group, but it is to be expected that Hungary don’t beat the Germans in Munich. A tie with France it would be enough for the reigning champions, who have a goal difference of +1.