Portugal won Euro 2016!
Substitute Eder’s thunderous finish deep into extra time secured Portugal’s first European Championship (Euro 2016) title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France on Sunday.
Eder picked the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, marauding forward before letting fly with a bullet shot from 25 metres in the 109th minute.
It was a cruel blow for France, who had dominated the match from and squandered a number of chances, in front of their devastated home support, who arrived at the Stade de France hoping to celebrate a third European crown.
The trophy was lifted by Ronaldo, who broke down in tears at the final whistle but whose game had come to a frustrating end after 24 minutes when he was carried crying from the pitch on a stretcher with a knee injury.
Portugal beat France the same way they made it to this point in the tournament: by grinding out results and hoping for either a moment of magic, or a bit of fortune to help them through. Ronaldo was often that magician, but it was pure defensive graft and grit that earned him and his teammates the right to lift the Henri Delauney trophy. Their showing in the final was exactly like every one before it.
It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but Portugal had a game plan and executed it to perfection. For six matches, they did it with one of history’s greatest ever players and in the final, they did it without him by sticking to the same plan that had gotten them that far. Ronaldo carried them to the final, and his teammates did what good teammates do, and returned the favor. Choose the best city tours in Portugal here