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Monday, July 11, 2016

Portugal win UEFA EURO 2016 after 1-0 extra-time victory

By on Monday, July 11, 2016


      THE DAY AT EURO


Portugal overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to stun France and secure their first major international trophy courtesy of a 1-0 extra-time win in a dour Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France.
Former Swansea striker, Eder, who struggled to make an impact in the Premier League last season, was the unlikely hero as he jinked in from the left and drilled a 25-yard effort into the corner on 109 minutes.
Fernando Santos' men were cast as underdogs from the start but saw their task grow even tougher when their talisman, Ronaldo was injured after just eight minutes following a clash with West Ham's Dimitri Payet.
The Real Madrid forward tried to carry on but was eventually replaced midway through the half, leaving many convinced France would go on to easily clinch a record-equalling third European title.
But Portugal held firm with goalkeeper Rui Patricio producing a series of fine stops to thwart the likes of tournament topscorer, Antoine Griezmann and the impressive, Moussa Sissoko.
France substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac thought he had won it when he hit the post at the end of normal time, but it was a player from the A Selecao bench who proved to be the matchwinner as Portugal finally put to bed their reputation as nearly men, banishing the demons of their final defeat 12 years previously. 
 The Real Madrid forward tried to carry on but was eventually replaced midway through the half, leaving many convinced France would go on to easily clinch a record-equalling third European title.
But Portugal held firm with goalkeeper Rui Patricio producing a series of fine stops to thwart the likes of tournament topscorer, Antoine Griezmann and the impressive, Moussa Sissoko.
France substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac thought he had won it when he hit the post at the end of normal time, but it was a player from the A Selecao bench who proved to be the matchwinner as Portugal finally put to bed their reputation as nearly men, banishing the demons of their final defeat 12 years previously.
Cristiano Ronaldo's tears of despair turn to joy. Portugal's talisman was left in tears 12 years ago when his country were stunned in the final by Greece - and it happened again here - but in different circumstances as his big night was ended prematurely following a clash of knees with Dimitri Payet. The Real Madrid man tried to battle on but was eventually stretchered off. Back in 1998 the Stade de France was the setting for the bizarre issues that saw Brazilian Ronaldo play in the World Cup final when clearly unwell. A cruel irony meant it looked like the stadium would be associated with the dismay of another superstar by the same name, but Portugal showed they are not a one-man team, taking advantage of France's stage fright to ensure one of the greatest players of all time was celebrating with watery eyes come the end of extra time.

Man of the Match

Rui Patricio (Portugal). Made a series of top-class saves to deny France when they had early momentum. The Portuguese defence was the bedrock of this triumph and he was a steady influence throughout.

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