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The Latest: France seeks healing final victory vs Portugal

  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as he stretches during a training session in Marcoussis, near Paris, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Portugal will face France in a Euro 2016 final soccer match in Saint Denis on Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as he stretches during a training session in Marcoussis, near Paris, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Portugal will face France in a Euro 2016 final soccer match in Saint Denis on Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Antoine Griezmann stretches during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. France faces Portugal in a Euro 2016 Soccer Championship final soccer match on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    France's Antoine Griezmann stretches during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. France faces Portugal in a Euro 2016 Soccer Championship final soccer match on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Dimitri Payet, center, heads a ball during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. France faces Portugal in a Euro 2016 Soccer Championship final soccer match on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    France's Dimitri Payet, center, heads a ball during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016. France faces Portugal in a Euro 2016 Soccer Championship final soccer match on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest from the European Championship (all times local):

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11:40 a.m.

France puts its formidable record in finals on the line when the European Championship hosts try to deny Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal a first major football title on Sunday.

French players have lifted the trophy in three of four finals over 32 years: Euro '84 and the 1998 World Cup on home soil, as well as Euro 2000.

Now a nation still scarred by last year's terror attacks will seek sporting salvation from its football heroes and a chance to party again in the streets of Paris, where security has been intense during the tournament.

"They are, in my opinion, favorites because they are playing at home and that's a big advantage," Ronaldo said. "The whole country is going to support them, but ... we're going to be difficult to beat."

The Portuguese, however, are perennial also-rans on the big occasion, reaching only one final in their history 12 years ago and losing at home to unfancied Greece. Determined to foil French celebrations, Portugal defender Pepe hopes Sunday's Euro 2016 final will replicate Euro 2004 in Portugal's favor this time, with the hosts upset again by the outsiders.

The final at the Stade de France will be Portugal's 35th European Championship game, the most any team has played in the tournament without ever lifting the cup.