Santos has moved decisively to address the shortcomings that Portugal showed in midfield in their opening games, with Fernandes and Carvahlo replaced by Moutinho and Sanches. That should make Portugal more coherent and creative. Meanwhile, France have made three personnel changes – changing both their full-backs and replacing Rabiot with Tolisso in midfield. They also look set to make a slight adjustment to their formation, switching from a midfield diamond to 4-2-3-1 in an effort to get their high-grade frontline firing. That means that Portugal’s right-back, Semedo – who was overrun against Germany – will find himself having to try to keep tabs on Mbappé. Bon courage!
Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Silva, Ronaldo, Jota
Subs: Lopes, Palhinha, Oliveira, Felix, R Silva, Dalot, Neves, Fernandes, A Silva, Fonte
France: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kanté, Pogba; Tolisso, Griezmann, Mbappe; Benzema
Subs: Mandanda, Maignan, Lenglet, Pavard, Digne, Sissoko, Coman, Rabiot, Zouma, Ben Yeddder, Giroud, Lemar
Referee: A Lahoz (Spain)