Euro 2016: Portugal Are Champions Of Europe

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Portugal won the 2016 European Championship after an extra-time goal against France.

Portugal overcame the early loss of captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat hosts France in the Euro 2016 final and claim their first major tournament triumph thanks to substitute Eder’s superb extra-time winner.

Euro 2016: Portugal Are Champions Of Europe
Euro 2016: Portugal Are Champions Of Europe

Eder’s long-range shot beat the despairing dive of France captain Hugo Lloris and then sealed a first ever major tournament win for Portugal.

Eder shook off Laurent Koscielny and fired a low, right-foot shot to break French hearts in the 109th minute after the match at the Stade de France had ended level at 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Ronaldo was taken off on a stretcher in the 25th minute after he failed to recover from a heavy challenge by France’s attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet.

Nani took over as captain but Portugal were short of their most important player and Ronaldo’s absence meant being even more dependent on a system whereby all four of their midfielders would routinely drop back into defence when the team did not have the ball.

France, the firm favourites, were unable to capitalise on Ronaldo’s absence, although they almost won it in the 91st minute when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned and hit the inside of the post.

He returned to sit on the bench, his left knee bandaged, and limped onto the pitch to encourage his teammates at the start of both periods of extra time.

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