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Euro 2020 power rankings: Belgium and England on the up for last eight

Belgian and English defences stand firm in big tests, Spain’s rollercoaster rides on and Switzerland surpass all expectationsWere presented with the toughest of tests in the last 16 in the shape of the reigning champions, Portugal, but won a surprising…

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France had every chance to win Euro 2020 but Didier Deschamps blew it

The manager was hoping to repeat his feats as a player, but his tactics against Switzerland cost his team dearlyBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAnd so it ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. France have been dispatched by a plucky and op…

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‘It really hurts’: Deschamps defends Mbappé as France fall to Switzerland – video

France are out of Euro 2020 after a thrilling game in Bucharest against Switzerland. A 3-3 draw on the night went all the way to penalties before Kylian Mbappé missed the decisive penalty. Speaking after the defeat, France manager Didier Deschamps said…

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‘He is very affected by it’: Deschamps defends Mbappé as France crash out

PSG striker misses crucial penalty in Euros loss to SwitzerlandDeschamps: ‘Kylian feels guilty, but he shouldn’t’Didier Deschamps refused to blame Kylian Mbappé for the missed penalty that sent France to a stunning defeat against Switzerland on a drama…

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Switzerland’s Sommer saves Mbappé’s penalty to send France crashing out

This was billed as the night Kylian Mbappé would finally illuminate Euro 2020 and, as he stepped up to take France’s fifth penalty of a hitherto flawless shootout, the thought he could miss appeared flippant. Then Yann Sommer ripped up the script, flin…

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France v Switzerland: Euro 2020 last 16 – live!

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-off in BucharestThe Fiver: sign up and get our free daily football emailAnd mail any thoughts to scott.murray@theguardian.com 7.22pm BST Vladimir Petkovic has been in charge of Switzerland since 2014. This is his 77th…

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When Michel Platini scored nine goals in five games as France won Euro 84

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken the Euros goalscoring record, but he’s played in five tournaments. Platini had five matchesBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWhen Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty against Hungary in Portugal’s opening match of Euro …

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France hoping for a grand statement from Kylian Mbappé

The striker has toiled hard and often sparkled in his side’s reshaped forward line but still awaits his first goal of Euro 2020Anyone wondering how France’s attackers were getting along may have taken heart from a sequence during their training session…

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Paul Pogba’s majesty is a warning to France’s Euro 2020 rivals

Midfielder’s masterclass against Portugal showed the favourites are stirring and can only get better as the knockout stage loomsFew would take exception with Didier Deschamps’ assertion that, while other teams may have made a better impression at Euro …

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Euro 2020 power rankings: Italy lead the way after impressive group stage

France and Belgium have been impressive but Italy are unbeaten in 30 and with a comfortable-looking last-16 tieThe Roberto Mancini juggernaut rolls on. Three games, three wins, seven goals scored and none conceded in the group stage. Italy are unbeate…

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Renato Sanches takes centre stage to give Portugal new vigour | Andy Brassell

Few exclusive watchers of English football would have bet on Sanches rather than Bruno Fernandes being the man to underscore Portugal’s chances this summerAfter all the fuss, the fretting and the fiddling with lineups, both got what they needed rather …

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Ronaldo’s penalties take Portugal through after thrilling draw with France

The European champions were out of the Euros at the precise moment Cristiano Ronaldo faced Hugo Lloris for the second time from the penalty spot on a captivating night in Budapest. He also had the small matter at his feet of equalling Ali Daei’s all-ti…

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Portugal v France: Euro 2020 – live!

Live Group F updates from 8pm BST kick-off in BudapestPortugal’s ‘bus driver’ Santos hopes to find route to last 16Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 7.32pm BST And now this from the country that gave us football teams such as Haka, Oul…

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Portugal v France: Euro 2020 – live!

Live Group F updates from 8pm BST kick-off in BudapestPortugal’s ‘bus driver’ Santos hopes to find route to last 16Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 7.32pm BST And now this from the country that gave us football teams such as Haka, Oul…

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‘We need to want it more’: Portugal face heavyweight fight with France

The European champions take on Didier Deschamps’ side knowing a loss could result in the ignominy of an early exitFrance have the tranquility of knowing they are safely through to the last 16 regardless of the result against Portugal on Wednesday, Didi…

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Portugal v France: remembering their classic semi-final at Euro 1984

If their match this week is anywhere near as exciting as their meeting at Euro 84, we are in for a treat – just as John MotsonBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogThere have been a number of memorable semi-finals at the Euros over the years. Denmark…

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Portugal’s ‘bus driver’ Santos hopes to find route through France to last 16 | Andy Hunter

Fernando Santos’s side are in jeopardy at Euro 2020 so Wednesday’s Group F game against France is seen as a finalFernando Santos came back with a fine retort to Marco Rossi’s observation that a kit man or coach driver could manage Portugal given the de…

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Didier Deschamps is reinventing the meaning of French football

Having watched France teams of the past flatter then deceive, the manager is wedding his pragmatism to players’ panacheBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsAlthough style, tactics and philosophies undulate and evolve, a nation’s broad footballing …

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Les Hijabeuses: the female footballers tackling France’s on-pitch hijab ban

Young players excluded from matches because of their religious dress find a way to play on and encourage other hijab-wearing women into the sportFouné Diawara was 15 years old when she was first told she could not wear her hijab in a football match.It …

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‘We’re angry’: Griezmann calls for France to react against Portugal

France missed chance to qualify in Hungary drawForward urges team to beat Portugal and top Group FAntoine Griezmann has said France will channel the anger from their draw against Hungary and the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final into their group fi…