Euro 2020: All the permutations



The 2018 World Cup winners, featuring midfielder Paul Pogba, cannot be eliminated but could still finish either first, second or third in the so-called ‘Group of Death’, as they take on Bruno Fernandes’s Portugal in their final game on Wednesday.

A win will be enough for Les Bleus to secure top spot, while a draw would also do if Germany don’t beat Hungary in the other fixture. A France defeat would see Portugal, and potentially Germany or Hungary, overtake them, but they will get through as one of the best third-placed teams at the very least.


The Portuguese, who also have our full-back Diogo Dalot in their squad, must have been sweating after Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Germany, but Monday’s results mean they can probably qualify as one of the best third-placed teams even with a narrow defeat – unless they lose and Hungary beat Germany, in which case the Euro 2016 winners will finish bottom of Group F and be eliminated.

Strangely enough, if Germany lose and Portugal win, they will top the group and set up a last-16 encounter with either Switzerland or Finland. The Germans will play in front of home fans in Munich and will be expected to win – if they do, a Portugal victory will place them second and a draw or defeat means they will have to settle for third.


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