Ronaldo-less Portugal Wins Euro 2016 in Style

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (c) lifts the European Championship trophy after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

FRANCE 0 –  PORTUGAL 1

Portugal have won Euro 2016! Eder’s powerful extra-time strike has proved the difference at the Stade de France, with the host nation stunned.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was forced off injured in the first half, he led the celebrations at the final whistle – it was a backs-to-the-wall performance from Fernando Santos’ side for most of the match, but they took their chance in extra time.

France had big opportunities, the clearest of which fell to Andre-Pierre Gignac in second-half stoppage time, but the substitute struck the post. A goal then would surely have won the tournament.https://i0.wp.com/d2kmm3vx031a1h.cloudfront.net/qQT0dGRmC4cBKWVv6rlg_GettyImages-545913172.jpg?resize=640%2C429&ssl=1

The competitive tie went as far as extra time! Portugal  sat back and soaked up pressure, but that was to be expected as soon as captain Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured in the first half after clashing knees with Dimitri Payet.

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In the second half, the best chances fell to Antoine Griezmann, who headed over when unmarked, and Andre-Pierre Gignac, who struck the post with a low shot deep into stoppage time.France looked alive majority of the minutes.

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Portugal’s injured captain,Ronaldo returned to the dugout after receive treatment in the changing room,to encourage his teammates.Cristiano Ronaldo was kicking every ball alongside manager Fernando Santos in that extra time period.https://i2.wp.com/d2kmm3vx031a1h.cloudfront.net/687983rkQAqLcBxON8Lg_GettyImages-545931216%20%282%29.jpg?resize=640%2C444&ssl=1

A strike by former Swansea forward Eder ended France’s hope of Winning in the 109th minute! He held off a challenge from Koscielny and beats Lloris with a low drive from 25 yards. Out of nothing Portugal were ahead, and in this game short on quality, that was a quite brilliant goal. The Stade de France was stunned – France had about 10 minutes to save the situation but it wasnt enough.Much will be made of the fact Portugal qualified third in their group, and they only won one game (2-0 v Wales in the semi-final) inside 90 minutes.

Despite that, they’re Champions of Europe!

 

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