After a solid pre-tournament build-up, in which our popular goalkeeper helped his side notch friendly victories over Cameroon (3-2 on May 30) and Scotland (3-0 on June 4), the 29-year-old accompanied boss Didier Deschamps to face the media before the opening game of the competition against Romania at the Stade de France on June 10.
A late 2-1 win that night gave France an ideal platform on which to build and they duly made it two wins out of two in Group A with a 2-0 triumph over Albania on June 15.
That represented Hugo’s first clean sheet of Euro 2016 and it paved the way for another one on June 19 as Les Bleus battled out a goalless draw with Switzerland to top their group with seven points out of a possible nine.
That game saw Hugo equal the record for the number of matches one individual had captained France – 54 – which had been set by current boss Deschamps during his own playing career.
The goalkeeper then surpassed that barrier when he skippered his nation for a 55th time in a last 16 clash with the Republic of Ireland on June 26.
There, he found himself facing a penalty for the second time in the tournament – the first one coming in the first game when Romania’s Bogdan Stancu equalised from 12 yards – inside the opening two minutes when Shane Long was fouled in the box by Paul Pogba.
Robbie Brady sent him the wrong way but France came back to win 2-1 through Antoine Griezmann’s quick-fire double and set up tonight’s meeting with Iceland in the last eight at the Stade de France, kick-off 8pm UK time.
Iceland, who include Hugo’s former Spurs team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson among their number, notoriously beat England in the last 16 and the stopper underlined at a pre-match press conference on Saturday that his nation will not be underestimating their opponents this evening.
"Iceland have had a great run since the beginning of the tournament,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for Iceland, we watched their great performance against England and we won't be surprised."
On facing ex-Spur Gylfi, Hugo added: "He's a lovely individual and I really believe he's a great player.
"Unfortunately, the fact that he's Icelandic means he isn't so well known in France, but he is very highly rated on the other side of the channel.”