Portugal beat host France to win Euro 2016


Portugal won the Euro 2016 by beating the host France 1-0 on Sunday night.

Ex-Swansea striker Eder hit the winner in extra time enabling Portugal to win their first major tournament.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo had to be taken off the field in the 25th minute, eight minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France’s Dimitri Payet.

Elated Ronaldo celebrating with trophy
Elated Portuguese player celebrating with trophy

But the hosts simply couldn’t capitalise on his absence. France almost won it at the end of normal time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned and hit the inside of the post.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos said, “I am very happy, of course. First of all I’d like to thank God for being with us, my wife, my mother, my grandson. My father wherever he is, he’s probably having a few beers.

“I’d like to give my thanks to Greece. Cristiano is an amazing example. Today he tried to remain on the pitch. He was very strong in the locker room, he helped all of the boys, that ‘s the definition of teamwork. We have a bright future but right now we need to celebrate.”

A dejected France coach, Didier Deschamps, said, “It is very cruel even though I congratulate Portugal. It came down to very fine margins, we struck the post at the end. It comes down to very little.

“Losing like that is very tough. I won’t forget our journey here. We lacked freshness, not being clinical but we played Germany three days ago. Despite that we had opportunities but we didn’t score.”

BBC’s football pundit, Alan Green said, “There were special moments. Two of them tonight, the injury to Ronaldo and the winning goal. But overall how many memories will we carry of great games?”


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