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Deschamps plots stop Ronaldo plan

Hosts France head coach Didier Deschamps on Saturday stressed the need to limit Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo's influence in Sunday's Euro football championship final.

"If there is an anti-Ronaldo plan, like a recipe, no one has yet found," Xinhua quoted Deschamps as saying at the pre-final press conference at the Stade de France. "Ronaldo is a great player with outstanding athleticism, footwork and aerial play. We must be careful and limit his influence," Deschamps added.

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Ferdinand backs "Dangerous" Ronaldo in Euro 2016 Final

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England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that the European Championship final against France is the last opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a major football trophy with Portugal and this challenge makes the Real Madrid star more dangerous.

The 31-year-old Portugal captain has the chance to win the first international title of his glittering career when his side takes on the tournament hosts at the Stade de France on Sunday.

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Pepe expected to be fit for Euro 2016 Final

Portuguese defender Pepe returned to the group training of his national team on Saturday and may appear in Sunday's European football championship final against France.

The Real Madrid defender suffered muscle pain after the Euro quarter-finals against Poland and didn't participate in his national team's 2-0 victory over Wales in the semi-final.

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Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

English football umpire Mark Clattenburg will referee the Euro 2016 final between hosts France and Portugal at the Stade de France here on Sunday.

Clattenburg, 41, who also refereed the UEFA Champions League final in May, has become the second man to take charge of both major European football occasions in the same year after Pedro Proenca in 2012. UEFA on Friday named Clattenburg as the referee for the final, reports Xinhua.

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Russian Minister backs football team to bounce back

The Russian football team deserves to be criticised after its poor performances at the European Championships but one should not completely tarnish the squad’s reputation, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said.

Playing in Group B at the Euro Cup, which kicked off on June 10, Russia ended their match against England with 1-1 draw, then lost their encounters with Slovakia and Wales 1-2 and 0-3 respectively.

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