Portugal and France are set to face off in the Euro 2024 quarterfinals, with a highly anticipated showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé. The winner of this match will go on to play either Spain or host nation Germany in the semifinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. local time in Hamburg.

Both Portugal and France, considered pre-tournament favorites, have had their struggles leading up to this match. Portugal has failed to score in their last two games, while France has yet to see any of their players score from open play in the tournament. Ronaldo, appearing in his record sixth European Championship, has yet to find the back of the net and will be looking to make history as the oldest scorer in the tournament.

Mbappé, who will be donning a protective mask due to a broken nose suffered in an earlier match, has been a key player for France despite not scoring from open play. Both teams will be looking to secure a spot in the semifinals and redemption for past encounters.

In terms of team news, France will be without midfielder Adrien Rabiot due to suspension, while Portugal’s coach Roberto Martinez has a full squad to choose from. Both teams have players at risk of missing the semifinals if they receive another booking in this match.

France has only conceded one goal in the tournament so far, showcasing their strong defensive capabilities. Mbappé, with 48 international goals, will be looking to add to his tally against a solid Portuguese defense. This match marks the third consecutive meeting between the two teams in a European Championship, with previous encounters resulting in draws and wins for both sides.

As the anticipation builds for this quarterfinal clash, both teams’ key players have shared their thoughts. Mbappé acknowledges Ronaldo’s legacy but is focused on his own path, while Portugal’s Bernardo Silva emphasizes the team aspect of the game. Ronaldo’s teammates are determined to give him a fitting farewell in what could be his last European Championship.

The stage is set for an exciting match between two footballing giants, with Ronaldo and Mbappé leading their respective teams into battle. Fans can expect a thrilling encounter as Portugal and France vie for a spot in the Euro 2024 semifinals.