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EURO 2016 big show Sunday night


Dhaka   – The big show of the 15th edition UEFA European Championship to be staged at Stade de France expecting around 81,338
audiences on Sunday night.Two-time title winners and hosts France will take on Portugal in the 24-team tournament final at 1:00 am (Bangladesh time).France will go for their 3rd EURO title [after 1984 and 2000]making their rode to final with unbeaten record in this edition upsetting
world champion Germany by 2-0 margin in the semi-finals at Stade Velodrome, Marseille.Portugal eliminated EURO debut Wales with 2-0 victory which was their first victory inside 90 minutes in this tournament at Stade de Lyon and will go for the maiden title. Ddier Deschamps and his players are “privileged” to have made it to a home final against a Portugal side boosted by defender Pepe’s regaining fitness but needing to end a ten-game losing run if they are to lift a first major trophy. Pepe missed the semi-final with a thigh injury and trained on Saturday without expressing any complaints.Portugal can lay the ghost of their 0-1 final defeat against visiting Greece in UEFA EURO 2004 at Saint-Denis, but the UEFA EURO 2016 hosts have not lost a match against their Stade de France opponents since almost ten years.France have won their last ten encounters against Portugal, but their opponents know better than anyone that home advantage is not a magic bullet in UEFA European Championship finals. France have had much
better records against Portugal with 18 wins, one draw and five loses.In their last 10 matches in all competitions, France have fairytale
with nine wins and one draw while Portugal registered five wins, four draws and one loss.Dugout:France coach Didier Deschamps said, “We need to seize this opportunity” while Portugal’s Fernando Santos’s side will go with “great belief.””We have this opportunity to become European champions. Whether you’re 18, 20 or much older, there’s a chance to win a title and we need to seize it without thinking about what might happen in the future,” France coach Didier Deschamps suggested his warriors.”Portugal have a lot of quality and it’s no accident they’re here…..they are an experienced team who can alter their system to deal with opponents. Their defensive triangle is solid. They don’t try to win the ball back high up the pitch, but try to break quickly with their two quick players up front,” Didier Deschamps pictured his opponents.In another camp, Fernando Santos came up with the great hope saying, “I’ve said before that our objective was to play in the final and win it. We have ‘great belief’ because we want to make the Portuguese
people happy. We want to give them something to celebrate,” Fernando Santos said.”They (France) have well-known, top-quality players who play at big teams around the world……every individual player can make the difference, but Portugal also have a strong team with individual match winners,” the Portugal coach added.However, France reached the last four after ending the Iceland 5-2
fairytale at Stade de France on July 4 while Portugal downed Poland 1(5) – 1(3) in a shootout at Stade Velodrome, Marseille on July 1.France starting XI (Probable): Hugo Lloris (France captain), Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet and Giroud.Portugal starting XI (Probable): Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Adrien, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo (captain).(UNB)


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