Paris could have shown more class and lighted up the Eiffel Tower in the colors of Portugal, but what happens when you get big nations with little minds? You get a disgusting display of soccer, aimed at hurting opponents and taking out the key players of the opposing team. But the "coq" that crowed in Paris tonight was the Galo de Barcelos!
It was clear from the beginning that France is a filthy soccer nation whose one and only aim was to kick its opponent off the field in the most disgusting, vile, cowardly fashion, in the most blatant display of violence the world of soccer has seen in many years. Didier Deschamps and his monsters are to be congratulated. As failures.
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French national anthem
Allons enfants de la Patrie, Let us go, children of the Fatherland,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé! The day of glory has arrived!
Contre nous de la tyrannie, Against us tyranny's
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis) Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Do you hear, in the countryside,
Mugir ces féroces soldats? The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras They're coming right into your arms
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes! To cut the throats of your sons, your women!
Aux armes, citoyens, To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons, Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons! Let's march, let's march!
Qu'un sang impur Lest an impure blood
Abreuve nos sillons! Soak our fields!
Portuguese national anthem
Heróis do mar, nobre povo, Heroes of the sea, noble people,
Nação valente, imortal, Valiant and immortal nation,
Levantai hoje de novo Raise once again today,
O esplendor de Portugal! The splendor of Portugal!
Entre as brumas da memória, Among the mists of memory,
Ó Pátria, sente-se a voz Oh Fatherland, one feels the voice
Dos teus egrégios avós, Of your distinguished forefathers,
Que há-de guiar-te à vitória! That shall lead you to victory!
Às armas, às armas! To arms, to arms!
Sobre a terra, sobre o mar, Over land, over sea,
Às armas, às armas! To arms, to arms!
Pela Pátria lutar! For the Fatherland, fight!
Contra os canhões, marchar, marchar! Against the cannons, march on, march on!
France 0 Portugal 1
Didier Deschamps' France has been, in the history of Portuguese soccer, the bogey team or bête noire; in 24 games, Portugal won 5, drew one and France won 18. Tonight it became clear from the start that France's intention was to deprive Portugal of the services of the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Payet delivered, taking Ronaldo's knee out. The Portuguese captain tried to stay on but after two periods of treatment, asked to be substituted, and Ricardo Quaresma came on. Ronaldo had time to put the captain's band on Nani's arm before being carried off.
Nani had a half-chance on 4' but shot over and as France launched wave after wave of attack, the Portuguese keeper Rui Patrício made two world-class saves in the first half.
0-0 at the interval. After the break it was the turn of the Portuguese captain Nani to feel the French foot. Then Pepe. The French tactic tonight was to kick the Portuguese players off the pitch.
Patrício pulled off two great saves in the second half, Lloris denying Nani and Quaresma on 79'. Gignac hit the post on 90+1' but nobody can say France deserved to win in regular time, especially since there were more clear attempts to take out Nani and Pepe. Full time 0-0.
Extra time. On 106 Guerreiro hit the bar from a free kick. On 109, Éder scored a fantastic goal, the winner. Portugal did not let France come on to them and retained possession and control. This is the Portuguese "Geração de Ouro".
Lloris (Captain), Evra, Griezmann, Payet (Coman), Giroud (Gignac), Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko (Martial), Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti
Patrício, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Ronaldo (Captain 1) (Quaresma), João Mário, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches (Éder), Nani (Captain 2), Cédric, Adrien Silva (João Moutinho)
France 2 Germany 0
Griezmann (45+2 Pen) (72)
Two tremendous mistakes by Germany, two goals from Griezmann, put France in the final and not Germany, the team which had more ball possession (65% to 35%), attacked more (17 shots to 15) and looked far more dangerous moving the ball around the park (639 passes to France's 297). Not always the better side wins.
Lloris (Captain), Evra, Griezmann (Cabaye), Payet (Kanté), Giroud (Gignac), Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti
Neuer, Hector, Höwedes, Schweinsteiger (Captain) (Leroy Sané), Özil, Draxler, Müller, Can (Götze), Boateng (Mustafi), Kroos, Kimmich,
Portugal beat Wales yesterday and face the winner of today's game in the final next Sunday.
Portugal 2 Wales 0
In the previous encounters, Portugal won two and Wales won one of the three games. Tonight the first shot ob goal came from Portugal, João Mário firing wide on 16', after which Wales started to grow. Bale shot over on 18', shot at the keeper on 22' and on 25', King headed over.
A Cristiano Ronaldo shot corced a corner on 41' as Portugal began to press more, and on 44' Ronaldo headed over in front of goal, but without an angle of attack.
Half time, 0-0. Wales had more of the ball (52% to 48%) and a passing accuracy of 90% (against Portugal's 86) but Portugal had 5 shots to Wales' 3.
At the end of the first half the game looked as if it could go either way. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani had other ideas. The first scored from a header after a corner kick on 49. Nani converted a pass from the right, left by Renato Sanches, three minutes later. Wales pressed but did not create any real danger for Ruoi Patrício's goalmouth.
Patrício, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro, Ronaldo (Captain), João Mário, Danilo, Renato Sanches (André Gomes), Nani (Ricardo Quaresma), Cédric, Adrien Silva (João Moutinho)
Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Chester, A. Williams (Captain) (Collins), Allen, Andy King, Hal Robson-Kanu (Church), Bale, Ledley (Vokes), Collins