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Portugal vs. France 2016: Time, TV schedule and team news for Euro 2016 final

The Euro 2016 final is here, and it's going to be an utter brawl to determine the champion.

France have fought their way through a brutal gauntlet to reach the Euro 2016 final, and they'll be hoping to celebrate a championship on home soil by beating Portugal. That's a task far easier said than done, though, because no one has been able to figure out the trick to knocking Portugal even a little bit off balance so far in this tournament.

The game kicks off at 3 p.m. ET, and in the U.S. it will be shown on TV on ESPN, or you can watch online on WatchESPN.

Both sides have quality in abundance, and both bring their own unique approach to the game. France got here by playing proactive, aggressive possession play, pushing high and hard and using an excellent defense to paper over any cracks that show up. Portugal have gone to their defense first, looking to grind their opponents down and frustrate them into making mistakes, then taking full and vicious advantage of those mistakes. It's not the prettiest style, but it's worked wonders for Portugal so far, and they're going to be a stern opponent for France as they try to ruin their dreams of winning the title in front of their home fans.

Key player -- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

One of the absolute best players in the world is playing in the final in one of the world's biggest tournaments. Sound familiar? That didn't work out so well for Lionel Messi earlier this summer, so Portuguese fans will be hoping that Ronaldo will be up to the challenge. After playing very well in the group stage, Ronaldo was less effective in Portugal's first two knockout games, though he bounced back well against Wales. If he can channel the better form he showed in that last match, Portugal will have a huge advantage -- but if he does not, it will hurt them badly.

Key matchup -- Paul Pogba (France) vs. Renato Sanches (Portugal)

Pogba has been one of the absolute best players in the tournament so far, living up to his significant talents and leading France to glory in the process. His quality in midfield is, in a very real way, what makes France tick, and he'll be a commanding presence in every phase of the game for them. Another top midfield performer in the tournament will be lining up against him, though, and what Sanches lacks in experience he more than makes up for in pure skill and determination. He's going to put up a stern challenge to Pogba's brilliance, and if he can upend the French star, it will give Portugal a massive advantage in this match.

Match Date/Time: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. local

Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France

TV: ESPN (U.S.), beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2 (France), RTP 1, Sport TV1 (Portugal)

Online: ESPN3, WatchESPN (U.S.), beIN Sports Connect (France)

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.


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