Portugal v France: Euro 2024 quarter-final – live

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Portugal: Costa, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Leao, Ronaldo.
Subs: Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Dalot, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, Jose Sa, Danilo Pereira, Inacio, Joao Neves, Matheus Luiz, Ruben Neves, Jota, Silva, Pedro Neto, Francisco Conceicao.

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France: Maignan, Kounde, Upamecano, Saliba, Hernandez, Kante, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Griezmann, Mbappe, Muani.
Subs: Samba, Pavard, Mendy, Giroud, Dembele, Zaire Emery, Fofana, Coman, Clauss, Areola, Konate, Barcola, Thuram.

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Referee: Michael Oliver (England).

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These two need to up their game. After their underwhelming performances in the round of 16, which palled in comparison with the entertainment laid on by the likes of Spain, Germany, Austria and Turkey, Portugal and France owe us one. Another of those exhilarating back-and-forths, please, like the pair contested in the 1984 and 2000 semis, and we’ll forget the Slovenia and Belgium games ever happened. Kick-off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

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Those classic semi-final showdowns. Presented lovingly for your retro pleasure.

Both teams, having come this far, are in no mood to make radical changes to a winning formula. Portugal name the same XI that started the goalless draw with, and subsequent penalty shootout victory over, Slovenia. France make two changes after their 1-0 win over Belgium. Eduardo Camavinga and Randal Kolo Muani come in for Marcus Thuram, who drops to the bench, and the suspended Adrien Rabiot.

The teams

Portugal: Costa, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Leao, Ronaldo.
Subs: Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Dalot, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, Jose Sa, Danilo Pereira, Inacio, Joao Neves, Matheus Luiz, Ruben Neves, Jota, Silva, Pedro Neto, Francisco Conceicao.

France: Maignan, Kounde, Upamecano, Saliba, Hernandez, Kante, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Griezmann, Mbappe, Muani.
Subs: Samba, Pavard, Mendy, Giroud, Dembele, Zaire Emery, Fofana, Coman, Clauss, Areola, Konate, Barcola, Thuram.

Referee: Michael Oliver (England).

Preamble

These two need to up their game. After their underwhelming performances in the round of 16, which palled in comparison with the entertainment laid on by the likes of Spain, Germany, Austria and Turkey, Portugal and France owe us one. Another of those exhilarating back-and-forths, please, like the pair contested in the 1984 and 2000 semis, and we’ll forget the Slovenia and Belgium games ever happened. Kick-off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

The Guardian