France advanced without kicking a ball, and Portugal can move on as well even with a loss on Wednesday.

Hardly the heavyweight showdown many had hoped for in a match pitting defending champion Portugal against World Cup champion France, and Cristiano Ronaldo against Kylian Mbappe.

Results on Tuesday guaranteed France a spot in the round of 16. A one-goal loss for Portugal should be enough as long as Hungary doesn’t win in Germany in Group F’s other game.

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Still, that’s unlikely to alter France coach Didier Deschamps’ way of thinking, and he is thinking only of first place.

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“We still hold the cards,” Deschamps said. “If we win then we’ll finish first.”

The winner of Group F will play one of the third-place finishers.

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