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Portugal wins Euro 2016 , beat France 1-0 in final
« on: July 11, 2016, 12:41:28 AM »

Portugal has won Euro 2016 after stunning host-nation France 1-0 in the final. France went into the game as heavy favorites, but went down to an extra-time goal from Portugal striker Eder.
Portugal won it's first ever European Championship after overcoming hosts France in a thrilling 120 minutes at the Stade de France in Paris, with substitute Eder’s extra-time goal enough to snatch victory for Fernando Santos’ side in their second European Championship final.

Much of the pre-match build-up focused on Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portuguese captain gearing up to take part in his second Euro final. The 31-year-old was part of the team that endured a shock 1-0 loss to Greece in the final of 2004 on home soil.

But it was to be a short-lived appearance for the three-time Ballon d'Or winner, with a stretcher and premature substitution needed just after the 20 minute mark after Ronaldo failed to recover from a heavy challenge from France midfielder Dimitri Payet, with the attacker leaving the pitch in floods of tears.

Ronaldo’s exit summed up a difficult opening period for Fernando Santos’ side who struggled to get started against the French, who in comparison were lively and full of invention.

Rui Patricio was at full stretch to keep out Antoine Greizmann in the first ten minutes with the top scorer at Euro 2016 testing the Portuguese keeper with a looping header.

Nani, Portugal’s captain in Ronaldo’s absence, had his side’s best chance of the half, blazing over when put through by a diagonal ball from the back.

The Portuguese have flattered to deceive throughout Euro 2016, despite reaching the final.

Three draws in the group stage saw them squeeze through to the first knockout round as one of the best third placed teams, with Croatia beaten in extra-time and Poland on penalties.

Their only win before the final came against the Welsh, who they beat 2-0 in Lyon in the semi-finals.



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