France's Antoine Griezmann kicks the ball during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Football tensions mounted and patriotic hopes rose Sunday ahead of the Euro 2016 final between hosts France and Portugal that will unleash a clash between one of the world's greatest ever players Cristiano Ronaldo and would-be pretender Antoine Griezmann.Portugal will have to beat a French side who have found new inspiration from Griezmann -- the tournament's leading scorer with six goals -- and will be willed on by a nation longing to rediscover the feelgood factor.Rival coaches Didier Deschamps of France and Fernando Santos of Portugal have been desperately trying to shield their teams from the sky-high hopes of their nations.Deschamps, who captained the French side that won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro title in 2000, said he could feel the adrenaline pumping.Portugal have been criticized for some of their European Championship performances but Santos said he does not care.He also says France are the favorites but believes Portugal can win.Portugal have never fully recovered from losing the 2004 Euro final to Greece when they hosted the tournament.
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