Thursday 24 August 2017 / 02:22 PM

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: FRANCE v PORTUGAL – 1984 & 2000 SEMIS

As Portugal and hosts France prepare for a mouth-watering showdown in Monday morning’s (AEST) Euro 2016 final, Flashback Friday takes a look at the rivals’ previous Euro Championships showdowns.

France have won the Euros twice previously – in 1984 and 2000 – but had to overcome gallant Portugal outfits in extra-time semi-finals on both occasions.

1984 Semi-final

In one of the most famous matches in the competition’s history, hosts France progressed to the final with a 3-2 extra-time victory over Portugal in Marseille.

The scores were locked 1-all after 90 minutes following goals to France’s Domergue in the 24th minute and Portugal’s Rui Jordao in the 74th.

Both players goaled again during extra-time – Rui Jordao in the 98th minute, Domergue in the 114th – but just as the epic semi seemed destined for a penalty shootout, France captain Michel Platini slammed in the winner in the dying moments.

France defeated Spain 2-0 in the Paris final, with the talismanic Platini scoring again to take his tournament tally to nine goals.

2000 Semi-finals

France were forced to overcome Portugal again in extra-time on their way to winning the Euro Championships in 2000, prevailing 2-1 in Brussels.

Nuno Gomes put the underdogs in front in the 19th minute, but Thierry Henry equalised for France in the 51st and the score remained 1-all at the end of regulation time.

A penalty shootout loomed until the mercurial Zinedine Zidane slotted the winner from the penalty spot in the 117th minute.

France went on to defeat Italy 2-1 in extra-time in the Rotterdam-hosted final.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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