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Euro Cup 2016: Portugal Victorious With 1-0 Win Against France

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Portugal celebrate with the trophy after winning Euro 2016. Photo: Reuters

Saint Denis (France), July 11, 2016: Portugal overcame the loss of injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat France 1-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, with a goal in extra time from substitute Eder securing their first football title.

Football Soccer - Portugal v France - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates and the trophy after winning Euro 2016  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates and the trophy after winning Euro 2016

Just as the final looked destined for a penalty shootout, Eder cut through the French defence and struck a low shot from 25 metres) past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 109th minute at the Stade de France.

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - JULY 10, 2016: Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (L), Jose Fonte (R) defend against France's Olivier Giroud (C) in their 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final match at Stade de France. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander DemianchukTASS via Getty Images)
Portugal’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio (L), Jose Fonte (R) defend against France’s Olivier Giroud (C) in their 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final match at Stade de France.

Twelve years after losing to Greece on home soil in their last final appearance, it was Portugal’s turn to spoil the host nation’s party. And they achieved it by winning only one of their seven games at Euro 2016 inside 90 minutes.

It was dull and stodgy at times but the record books will only show that Portugal went from third-place in its group to champion, with little help from Ronaldo in its last match.

European football’s biggest match lost its biggest name midway through the first half of a cagey final on the outskirts of the French capital.

Football Soccer - Portugal v France - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 France's Christophe Jallet and France's Benoit Costil  react at the end of the game REUTERS/Darren Staples Livepic
France’s Christophe Jallet and France’s Benoit Costil react at the end of the game

Ronaldo went down under Dimitri Payet’s ninth-minute challenge and was twice forced off to receive treatment on the touchline.

However determined Ronaldo was to lead Portugal to glory, his left knee could cope no more and he was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half.

Ronaldo was in tears but he returned just before extra time to address his weary teammates. They seemed to be inspired by Ronaldo’s re-emergence and the Real Madrid forward was soon leaping off the bench in celebrations.

Football Soccer - Portugal v France - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is stretchered off injured REUTERS/John Sibley Livepic
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is stretchered off injured

Then he was lying on the turf again at the final whistle, this time in disbelief rather than pain.

Portugal fans react on the Champs-Elysees after their team beat France in the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris, France, July 10, 2016.      REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Portugal fans react on the Champs-Elysees after their team beat France in the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris, France, July 10, 2016.