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Match day preview: 5 July 2006

  • Match 62 - Munich - Portugal v. France *

Portugal and France have met 21 times, France have recorded 15 wins and five defeats. The only draw dates back to 1928.

France won the last six matches. Portugal's last win dates back to 1975 when they won 2-0 in Paris.

France and Portugal have met twice in a EURO semi-final. On both occasions, France won with a margin of one goal in extra time after being one goal down: 3-2 in 1984 and 2-1 in 2000. On both occasions, France went on to win the title.

After 1934, 1966 and 1982, this is only the fourth time that the FIFA World Cup™ semi-finals involve four European teams. Germany were present each time but have never won the title:

  • 1934 Czechoslovakia v. Germany & Italy v. Austria and

  • 1966 Germany FR v. Soviet Union & England v. Portugal

  • 1982 Italy v. Poland & Germany FR v. France).

Portugal have extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches (15 wins, 4 draws).

France are playing their 5th FIFA World Cup semi-final (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2006). To date, they won only one and lost three. For Portugal it is the 2nd semi-final after 1966.

Portugal repeated their EURO 2004 penalty shoot-out win over England. As in 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo, Helder Postiga and Siamo Sabrosa scored from the penalty spot

Match round-ups most recent head-to-heads:

25.04.2001, St-Denis (FRA) - Friendly

France – Portugal 4-0 (3-0)

Scorers: Sylvain Wiltord 17, Mikael Silvestre 32, Thierry Henry 34, Youri Djorkaeff 80

Attendance: 78,818

France - Fabien Barthez; Lilian Thuram (Vincent Candela 71), Marcel Desailly (capt), Mikael Silvestre, Bixente Lizarazu; Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira (Claude Makelele 62), Emmanuel Petit (Willy Sagnol 87), Zinedine Zidane (Youri Djorkaeff 46); Sylvain Wiltord (David Trezeguet 55), Thierry Henry

Portugal - Quim; Abel Xavier (Helder Cristovao 51), Jorge Andrade, Fernando Couto (capt), Rui Jorge (Luis Boa Morte 35, Nuno Gomes 88); Rui Bento (Simao Sabrosa 44), Fernando Meira, Nelson, Luis Figo, Sergio Conceicao; Pedro Pauleta

28.06.2000, Brussels (BEL) - EURO 2000 semi-final

France – Portugal 1-1 (0-1), 2-1 aet

Scorers: Thierry Henry 51, Zinedine Zidane 117pen (golden goal); Nuno Gomes 19

Attendance: 47,000

France - Fabien Barthez; Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu; Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps (captain), Zinedine Zidane, Emmanuel Petit (Robert Pires 87); Thierry Henry (David Trezeguet 105), Nicolas Anelka (Sylvain Wilford 72).

Portugal - Vitor Baia (captain); Abel Xavier, Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Dimas (Rui Jorge 91); Sergio Conceicao, Jose Vidigal (Paulo Bento 61), Rui Costa (Joao Pinto 78), Costinha, Luis Figo; Nuno Gomes.

22.01.1997, Braga (POR) – Friendly

France – Portugal 2-0 (1-0)

Scorers: Didier Deschamps 10, Ibrahim Ba 63

Attendance: 50,000

Portugal - Vitor Baia, Sergio Conceicao, Helder Cristovao (Jorge Costa 45), Fernando Couto, Dimas Teixeira (Jorge Cadete 69), Paulo Bento, Oceano Cruz (Domingos Oliveira 21), Paulinho Santos, Rui Costa (Ricardo Sa Pinto 45), Luis Figo (Nuno Capucho 45), Joao Vieira Pinto.

France - Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps (Bruno N'Gotty 61), Christian Karembeu, Zinedine Zidane, Robert Pires (Patrick Blondeau 78), Pierre L'Aigle, Ibrahima Ba (Youri Djorkaeff 61), Christophe Dugarry (Patrice Loko 78).

24.01.1996, Paris (FRA) – Friendly

France – Portugal 1-2 (3-2)

Scorers: Youri Djorkaeff 24 & 75, Reynald Pedros 77; Fernando Couto 23, Rui Costa 30

Attendance: 30,000

France - Bernard Lama, Jocelyn Angloma (Sabri Lamouchi 71st), Eric Di Meco, Christian Karembeu, Franck Leboeuf, Vincent Guerin (Reynald Pedros 46), Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly, Youri Djorkaeff, Zinedine Zidane, Patrice Loko (Cyril Pouget 78).

Portugal - Adelino Neno, Fernando Nelson (Jose Dominguez 65), Dimas Teixeira, Helder Cristovao (Nuno Gomes 80), Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Carlos Secretario, Paulinho Santos (Pedro Barbosa 61), Paulo Alves, Rui Costa, Antonio Folha (Dani 75).

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