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.
“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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