Defending champions Portugal face World Cup holders France in Budapest with top spot in Euro 2020 Group F yet to be decided.
Didier Deschamps’ side overcame Germany 1-0 in their opening game before being held to a shock 1-1 draw by Hungary to leave them on four points, meaning they could finish anywhere in the top-three.
Portugal vs France is due to kick off at 8pm BST on Wednesday, June 23. In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on BBC On and via the BBC iPlayer. The match will take place at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest.
If you are watching from the States, the match is available on ESPN and kicks off at 12pm PT and 3pm ET.
The reason to watch this match
The expansion of the tournament to incorporate 24 teams means the “group of death” moniker might be a misnomer since there is still a possibility of all three big hitters in Group F progressing to the knockout stages.
Still, a repeat of the 2016 European Championships final with so much on the line means this is likely to be essential viewing. Portugal know a draw would be enough to see them progress while France are already through but just one point above their opponents and Germany. A win would guarantee top spot for the French as they bid to win two major tournaments on the bounce.
Portugal can still win the group by beating France, but it depends on what happens in Munich in the match between Germany and Hungary. Germany and Portugal have three points and the same goal difference, while Hungary is last with one point and must win to advance.
Portugal is having no problem scoring goals _ five in two games so far, including a tournament-leading three for Ronaldo. But the Portuguese are conceding too easily, conceding four to the Germans.
Both Germany and Hungary are trying avoid early elimination from the European Championship. The Hungarians need to win when the teams meet on Wednesday, the Germans don’t.
The match will take place following a request to light the stadium in rainbow colors to protest what the Munich city council said was the “homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government.”
UEFA turned down the council’s application. It previously gave the go-ahead for Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to continue wearing a captain’s armband with the rainbow colors “considering that it was promoting a good cause, i.e. diversity.”
Spain may summon its most experienced player for its most important match at the European Championship. Sergio Busquets is set to return for the match against Slovakia on Wednesday, when “La Roja” faces the possibility of an embarrassing elimination in front of its fans.
In previous matches between the two sides, Portugal have won six, drawn two and lost 19. The most recent clash, in November 2020, was a win for France but the 2016 final will provide Portugal with all the inspiration they need.
France have already qualified for the last-16, despite being held to a draw by Hungary in their second game, and know they will top Group F with victory, but Didier Deschamps’ side could still finish as low third should they lose, thus potentially facing a tougher draw.
Portugal, meanwhile, could yet finish in any position in the group from top to bottom, with victory certain to send them through but defeat in danger of seeing them crash out should results elsewhere go against them.