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Wednesday, 5th July
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Semi-final Match

Travel to Portugal Portugal vs Travel to France France
in München

Previous Encounters:
Of the four previous meetings between Portugal and France, France have won them all; three friendlies and a Euro 2000 semi-final in Brussels (2:1aet)

The Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo's first run with the ball, down the left, was met by boos around Munich's Allianz Arena. He's going to have a hard time in the Premiership next season; if he stays with Manchester United.

With twenty-five minutes gone, the crowd wanted things to speed up and Ronaldo was till getting booed.

Just after the half an hour mark, Ricardo Carvalho, just inside the Portugal penalty area, missed the ball with his right foot, fell on his rear and sneakily hooked Thierry Henry with his left foot; then waved to the referee that the Arsenal striker dived.

The cheats were at it again, but Zinedine Zidane did what Lampard, Gerrard and Carragher couldn't; beat Ricardo from the spot.

At the other end, Portugal had a penalty claim turned down; as Ronaldo's Greg Louganis impression earned a 9.7 from Felipe Scolari.

Half-time: (0:1)

Portugal needed to be more adventurous in the second-half but it was France who came out, eventually, to show more initiative.

Within two minutes, Ricardo had a couple of scares. Thierry Henry ran into the area on the left and his shot slipped under Ricardo's left arm; a slight deflection turned the ball out for a corner. Then, after some Zinedine Zidane tricks, Franck Ribery's rising shot was palmed skywards by Ricardo.

Luis Miguel made a meal of a non-challenge as the Portugal players tried to con Jorge Larrionda. He probably just twisted his ankle.

France seemed content to sit deep for most of the second-half and the referee must have left his cards at home, considering none of the dives from Portugal went into the book.

Twelve minutes from time, Fabien Barthez scooped at Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick and Figo's header went over the bar.

The first yellow card was shown in the 83rd minute; to Ricardo Carvalho, for a slide into Sylvain Wiltord. Carvalho will miss the next game.

Louis Saha, on for Henry, had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes before he was booked and will miss the final (if France hold on).

Four minutes added on.

Portugal's last-chance corner and Ricardo comes up for the corner, doing an over head kick to send the ball back into the penalty area.

Fabien Barthez had to make a couple of crucial saves in the last seconds, even though one of them was offside.

Final Score:
Travel to Portugal Portugal 0 - Travel to France France 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Zinedine Zidane (33pen)

Teams

Portugal: (Captain Luis Figo)
1 Alexandre Ricardo; 5 Fernando Meira, 13 Luis Miguel, 14 Jorge Nuno Valente, 16 Ricardo Carvalho; 6 Francisco Costinha, 7 Luis Figo, 20 Anderson Deco, 17 Cristiano Ronaldo, 18 Nuno Maniche; 9 Pedro Pauleta.

France: (Captain Zinedine Zidane)
16 Fabien Barthez; 3 Eric Abidal, 5 William Gallas, 15 Lilian Thuram, 19 Willy Sagnol; 4 Patrick Vieira, 6 Claude Makelele, 7 Florent Malouda, 10 Zinedine Zidane, 22 Franck Ribery; 12 Thierry Henry.

Referee: Jorge Larrionda Travel to Uruguay

Substitutions Substitutions:
63 Mins (Portugal) - 2 Paulo Ferreira on for 13 Luis Miguel
68 Mins (Portugal) - 11 Simao Sabrosa on for 9 Pedro Pauleta
69 Mins (France) - 11 Sylvain Wiltord on for 7 Florent Malouda
72 Mins (France) - 9 Sidney Govou on for 22 Franck Ribery
74 Mins (Portugal) - 23 Helder Postiga on for 6 Francisco Costinha
85 Mins (France) - 14 Louis Saha on for 12 Thierry Henry

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
83 Mins - Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal) - Miss next game
87 Mins - Louis Saha (France) - Will Miss The Final

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

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Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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