Portugal win Euro 2016

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downloadSubstitute Eder’s long-range strike won Portugal its first ever major tournament, as they beat hosts France 1 – 0 to take home the Euro 2016 trophy.

This was despite losing captain and talisman Cristiano Rinaldo to injury in the first half. The Seleccao repelled waves of French attacks for much of the game, with goalkeeper Rui Patricio putting in a heroic performance.

But with the clock reading 109 minutes, Lille striker Eder drove forward before lashing home a low shot from distance, sending the Portuguese supporters in the packed Stade de France into delirium.

A dominant start from France to Sunday’s final kept Portugal pegged firmly back in their half and Fernando Santos’ side looked to be facing a supremely tough task when Ronaldo was carried off in tears after failing to recover from a Dimitri Payet challenge that jarred his left knee.

The incident sapped some of the life from the match, however, with Portugal content to sit off and try to exploit the counter-attack, while France appeared wary of committing too many men forward to capitalise on their momentum.

Antoine Griezmann saw a first-half header brilliantly saved by Rui Patricio, but the tournament’s top scorer should have done better in the second half when he nodded over from point-blank range.

Portugal’s chances were scarce at best, though Nani almost caught out Hugo Lloris with a wicked cross before Ricardo Quaresma fired in a bicycle kick on the rebound with just a little over 10 minutes to play.

Patricio kept his side alive with a strong parry after a vicious strike from the brilliant Moussa Sissoko, and Andre-Pierre Gignac came within inches of a stoppage-time winner in normal time, clipping the inside of the post from close range.

Raphael Guerreiro hit the crossbar with a free-kick in extra-time, but it was Eder who finally struck the decisive blow, arrowing a low shot beyond Lloris.

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One Response to Portugal win Euro 2016

  1. Nice article. Very useful. It was expected for yesterday’s game, Portugal’s national team and France’s national team in the final of Euro Championship 2016, to end in a draw as it did. António Lopes’s goal came as a nice surprise in the 109’th minute of the match. It is good to see Portugal scoring a victory in this match and adding another trophy to their palmares. I am sure Deschamps will have to review the team’s offensive and defensive strategy for the next season of Euro Championship.

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    July 11, 2016 at 10:50 am
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