EURO Today: France, Portugal go for glory in Euro 2016 final

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The table is set, the food is arriving, now all we have to do is eat.

Host nation France will play for its third European championship and second on home soil, while Portugal has reached the semi-final or later for the fifth time still looking for its first crown.

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Portugal head coach Fernando Santos admitted his side is the “ugly duckling” in the tournament, having won just a single game in regulation and two overall to reach this stage. Meanwhile, France has won every meaningful match, and has played beautifully in the knockout stages, outscoring opponents 9-3 in the bracket stage.

Should France score one more goal, they would equal their own European Championships record for goals in a single tournament with 13, set back in 1984 also on French turf.  However, manager Didier Deschamps has a dilemma on his hands, having kept Moussa Sissoko in the first team for the semifinals despite N'Golo Kante‘s return from suspension. What will the French starting lineup look like? It all comes down to this.

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EURO 2016, Game 50: France vs. Portugal

When: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade de France, Saint Denis

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