Portugal Won EURO 2016Aganist France

Portugal Won EURO 2016Aganist France
Portugal Won EURO 2016Aganist France

Portugal shocked favourites France in Paris on Sunday to claim the Euro 2016 title after a 1-0 win in extra time.

Portugal won the European championship in Paris on Sunday night after stunning the home nation by scoring the only goal in extra-time and despite star-man Cristiano Ronaldo being stretchered off in the first half.

Portugal’s Eder struck the winner in the 109th minute after shrugging off two challenges and burying a low right foot shot from outside the box.

With 11 minutes of the extra period to play, the goal that Portugal’s fans have waited their lives to see arrived as Eder held off Laurent Koscielny and drove a crisp shot into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.

The goal came out of nothing and stunned a France side, which had dominated possession and seemed to be the only team interested in pushing for a winner.

Twelve years after losing 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, Portugal inflicted the same fate on France, who was seeking a cathartic victory eight months on from the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.

But things could all have been different for France.

The game seemed to be diminished by Ronaldo’s premature exit and it took the 58th-minute introduction of Kingsley Coman in place of Payet to enliven France.

But Portugal had created extra-time chances of their own and hit the bar with a late free kick before Eder’s winner.

Portugal overcame France despite the departure of their star man Cristiano Ronaldo who went off injured after 25 minutes.

After one acceleration midway through the first half Ronaldo signalled to the bench that he could not carry on. The 31-year-old striker could not hide his despair as he was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma with the game stillgoalless.

Alors les bleus. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Well done Portuga