Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese teammates return to the “Stade de France” in Saint-Denis, to face France, world champion in Group Three of the European Football League, in a replay of the evening of June 10, 2016, when he has crowned “Brasilia” Europe “their first title ever.
Portugal’s visit to “Stade de France” will be the first since it beat host France in the 2016 European Cup final with a single goal scored by Eder Lubes in the absence of Ronaldo, who was injured in the first minutes of the match.
Portugal crowned its first-ever title, whether continental or international, before adding to it in the summer of 2019 the title of the first edition of the Nations League at the expense of the Netherlands.
The match of the third round of the first group competitions of the first level of the new continental championship will be a summit in every sense of the word, not only because of the position of the two teams on the continental and global arenas but because each of them emerged as a winner from their first two matches and thus share the lead with six points each.
Portugal opened the defense campaign for its title with a big victory 4-1 at its host Croatia and the runner-up to the world champion, then beat Sweden with two goals scored by Ronaldo, while France beat Sweden in its first match 1-0 before renewing its superiority over Croatia by beating it 4-2, after That, she beat her in the 2018 World Cup Final by the same score.
The Portuguese national team will play Sunday’s match in the absence of goalkeeper Anthony LeBiche (French Lyon) due to his infection with the new Coronavirus, so he joined defender Jose Fonte (French Night), who had to leave his teammates before the friendly match Wednesday against Spain (zero-zero).
A spokesman for the Portuguese Federation told AFP Thursday that the national team’s travel to Paris has been postponed until Saturday.
The French-Portuguese confrontation will not be the only summit on Sunday, but attention will also turn to Group Two, where the “Wembley” stadium in London will be the scene of an upcoming meeting between England and its guest Belgium in a replay of their confrontations in the World Cup in Russia 2018 when the “Red Devils” won in the first round 1 – Zero, then on the third-place 2 – zero.