Tournament owners World Rugby and tournament organisers England Rugby 2015, have hailed the success of the biggest Rugby World Cup ever which saw records broken on and off the pitch.Cristiano Ronaldo finally looked close to his menacing best, and will be desperate to make a second Euro final some 12 years after losing his first on home soil against Greece.Portugal are likely to welcome back key defender Pepe, who missed the semi-final with a knock, while William Carvalho is also back after being suspended for a second booking.France laboured a little in the group stage, relying on strokes of individual brilliance to top their group rather than cohesive team performances.And that trend has continued: they still are yet to settle on a system that works perfectly for their players, and one or two key performers have disappointed.And yet their dour, pragmatic style has consistently looked tough to beat, particularly in the knockout stages.
France are expected to field the same team that beat Germany on Thursday night in Marseille, with Antoine Griezmann now firmly-established as the man through which all their attacks will come.
The good news is that neither side has any players suspended for the final: the yellow card records were wiped out after the quarter-finals, and nobody for either team got sent off in the semis.
Yet since coming from behind against Ireland in the last-16 they have played some devastating counter-attacking football, with Antoine Griezmann emerging as the player of the tournament and helping them to a thumping win over Iceland and then an emotional victory over Germany.
Even the most ardent Portugal would admit that the team have somewhat ridden their luck through the tournament so far.
They've only won a single match in normal time, having drawn all three games in qualifying and beaten Croatia with a somewhat fortunate goal in the dying minutes of extra time.But after a penalty shoot-out got them to the semi-finals, they produced their best match of the tournament so far against Wales.