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Saturday, 9 July 2016


France must be very wary when it plays against Portugal in the final of the UEFA Nations Cup, on July 10, 2016 as many other articles have underlined !

Portugal have several well known star players, each of whom could, in an instant, impact the result of the game. 

One of them is a well publicised forward by the name of Ronaldo !   He is talented and tall, heads a ball well and tackles ferociously, but he has a special "gift" !  If ever  he loses the ball, he quickly collapses in a heap and then tries to make "eye contact" with the referee to plead for a free kick !

Such "jinks" with "knowing eyewinks" to the bench are  well documented in televised reports, but some referees have been "hoodwinked" !     

France needs a tall defender to "look after" Ronaldo and loitering defenders to intercept any direct passes to him !  

Didier Deschamps, the French Manager, is certainly well aware of the problems Ronaldo poses !   Referees also, have the benefit of hindsight and will be on the alert !

Finally, if France attacks like it did against Germany and avoids "possessive" football, it could win !  The chances Ronaldo would get should be few, but one must not forget that there are other players in the Portuguese team !