The narrative will typically focus on a snapshot and extrapolate from there. Portugal and France are both perfect examples of this. Portugal Vs. Croatia was a brutal brutal game. Worst of the tournament? Perhaps, Sweden/Italy was absolute garbage as well. The expectations for Portugal-Croatia were sky high because both teams had played attractive football in the first round (Which, again, goes to show you how some people are contradicting themselves. If Portugal were so bad/dour/negative why were the expectations so high for this match to begin with?) The stigma from that match stuck on Portugal for the rest of the tournament. They were the winners of this horrible match, therefore they were and always were going to be boring/horrible/negative, etc. France labored to beat mediocre teams for the first four games in the tournament before blowing up Iceland. Suddenly, France is regarded as the best offense in the tournament.