France v Portugal, 05 July 2006

Score1-0 to France
RefereeJorge Larrionda
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Semi-final
VenueAllianz Arena, München
Attendance66,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Wálter Rial (Uruguay) Pablo Fandino (Uruguay) Fourth official: Mark Shield (Australia) Fifth official: Nathan Gibson (Australia) Man of the Match: Lilian Thuram (France) France booked a World Cup final spot against Italy after Zinedine Zidane's first-half penalty earned victory over a disappointing Portugal in Munich. Zidane struck coolly past Ricardo on 33 minutes after Thierry Henry was tripped inside the box by Ricardo Carvalho. Henry saw another shot trickle wide and Franck Ribery forced Ricardo to save. Luis Figo and Deco saw shots saved by Fabien Barthez and Figo nodded over late on, but France stayed in control and thoroughly deserved their win. France have only met Portugal competitively on two previous occasions - both in the semi-finals of the European Championships. In 1984 in Marseilles, France won 3-2 after extra time with Michel Platini scoring the winner in the 119th minute. In 2000 in Brussels, France won 2-1 during extra time with a Golden Goal by Zinedine Zidane in the 117th minute. In both tournaments, France went on to win the trophy - in 1982 against Spain and in 2000 against Italy.

1  France

Manager: Raymond Domenech

0  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Goals:

Zinedine Zidane penalty 33 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Eric Abidal
Defender William Gallas
Defender Willy Sagnol
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makelele
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinedine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry
Forward Florent Malouda

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Fernando Meira
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Nuno Maniche
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Luis Figo (captain)
Forward Pauleta

Substitutions:

Sylvain Wiltord for Florent Malouda 69
Sidney Govou for Franck Ribéry 72
Louis Saha for Thierry Henry 85

Substitutions:

Paulo Ferreira for Miguel 63
Simao for Pauleta 68
Helder Postiga for Costinha 75

Cards:

Louis Saha 87 Y

Cards:

Ricardo Carvalho 82 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender/Right back Pascal Chimbonda
Defender Gael Givet
Defender Mikael Silvestre
Defender/Centre back Jean-Alain Boumsong
Midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Louis Saha
Forward David Trezeguet
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Quim
Goalkeeper Paulo Santos
Defender Marco Caneira
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender/Midfielder Ricardo Costa
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Simao
Midfielder Tiago
Midfielder Hugo Viana
Midfielder/Forward Luis Boa Morte
Forward Nuno Gomes

Comments:

Having already announced his retirement, Zinedine Zidane's penalty goal means he will play the last game of his career in the World Cup Final. This was France's 50th World Cup finals match. Louis Saha will miss the World Cup Final after receiving his second yellow card during the knockout stages.

Comments:

This was the second time that Portugal had reached the World Cup semi-finals. In 1966, they were knocked out by winners England at Wembley. This was Portugal's first defeat in 18 competitive matches. Their last competitive defeat came in the Final of Euro 2004 when they lost 0-1 to Greece in Lisbon. This defeat brought to an end coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's record run of 12 consecutive World Cup finals victories.