European Championship - Final
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Portugal 1-0 France (AET)

Portugal overcame the early loss of captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat hosts France in the Euro 2016 final and win their first major tournament thanks to substitute Eder's superb extra-time strike.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was carried off in tears in the 25th minute at Paris' Stade de France, eighteen minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France's Dimitri Payet.

France, the firm favourites, were unable to capitalise on Ronaldo's absence, although they almost won it at the end of normal time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned and hit the inside of the post.

Raphael Guerreiro hit the bar with a free-kick for Portugal after 108 minutes, but seconds later they were ahead when Eder fired a low, 25-yard drive past keeper Hugo Lloris.

Ronaldo, who had given his Portugal team-mates animated encouragement in the break before extra time, was offering as much tactical advice as coach Fernando Santos in chaotic closing moments - and he was reduced to tears once more at the final whistle before lifting the trophy that has eluded his country for so long.

Ronaldo's agony and ecstasy

Ronaldo has claimed the game's major prizes - such as the Champions League with Manchester United and Real Madrid - but a landmark victory with his country has always eluded him.

The greatest disappointment was when, as hosts of Euro 2004, Portugal were beaten 1-0 by rank outsiders Greece in the final at Lisbon's famous Stadium of Light.

Portugal also lost in the World Cup semi-finals in 2006, the quarter-finals at Euro 2008 and the semi-finals at Euro 2012 - and it looked like the curse would strike again when Ronaldo lay on the turf distraught after two attempts to play on through the pain.

What a contrasting image it was in the closing seconds of extra time as he virtually took charge of team affairs and light-heartedly bumped into coach Santos, before breaking down in tears when British referee Mark Clattenburg signalled full-time.

Ronaldo, with his knee heavily strapped, then hobbled up the steps to lift the Euro 2016 trophy and fill a gap in his glittering list of honours.

He was then centre stage in the subsequent celebrations, lying on the floor in front of his joyous team-mates.

The 31-year-old's night started and ended in tears, but this was a journey from agony to ecstasy - and his status as a Portuguese national hero was cemented even further.

Durable Portugal get the job done

Portugal may have been unspectacular winners of an unspectacular Euro 2016 - they won only one game in 90 minutes.

But this tough, resilient, organised team under coach Santos were justified in the wild celebrations that took place in front of their fans at Stade de France after the trophy presentation.

They finished third in their group, edged out of second place by Iceland's last-minute winner against Austria, a result that led to England's downfall in the last 16.

Portugal saw off the talented Croatia in extra time in the last 16, beat Poland on penalties in the quarter-finals and then ended the great Wales adventure with a 2-0 win in the semi-finals.

Every quality that kept them in contention - but never earned the plaudits - was on show here as they inflicted on France what Greece had inflicted on them at Euro 2004.

With goalkeeper Rui Patricio heroic and defenders Pepe and Jose Fonte outstanding, they frustrated France, growing in threat and strength as a largely tedious final ran on.

This was the greatest moment in Portugal's football history and the celebrations were worthy of the occasion.

Heartbreak for hosts France

France went into this Euro 2016 final backed by a tide of emotion and expectation after victory against World Cup holders Germany in Thursday's semi-final in Marseille.

Goalkeeper Lloris, one of France's senior figures, spoke of how Euro 2016 had helped the population "escape" the suffering of the Paris attacks in November, in which 130 people died and hundreds more were injured.

France's players have been dignified and carried that burden confidently to reach the final against Portugal, but there was to be no happy conclusion to this campaign as they failed to reproduce the form that beat Germany.

Perhaps that weight was finally too much for them here with the nation behind them. They were unable to take advantage of what should have been a huge lift to their hopes when Ronaldo went off - indeed his departure seemed to affect the hosts more than Portugal.

Gignac almost provided a dramatic winning goal in the final seconds of normal time, but in the final reckoning Didier Deschamps' side were unable to rise to the occasion and suffered the bitter disappointment of defeat in a major final in their own capital city.

Invasion of the moths

The Stade de France was invaded by moths in the hours before kick-off, making life uncomfortable for fans, players and officials.

Floodlights were left on at the stadium the night before the game, attracting moths who were still there when the teams and supporters arrived.

France coach Deschamps, referee Clattenburg and his team, plus players in the warm-up were under siege, swatting them away while staff in the stadium used brushes to attempt to get rid of the insects.

And in an image that was seen around the world, a moth landed on Ronaldo's face as he sat in tears on the turf after succumbing to a knee injury only 25 minutes into the Euro 2016 final.

Man of the match - Rui Patricio (Portugal)

Rui Patricio
Portugal keeper Rui Patricio produced a string of fine saves to frustrate France, with Antoine Griezmann twice thwarted by the Sporting Lisbon player. Olivier Giroud was another who was denied by Patricio as Portugal kept France at bay

What they said

France boss Didier Deschamps: "The disappointment is there and it's immense. There are no words to describe this feeling.

"Clearly we had our chances but we weren't cool-headed enough. My players gave everything tonight but unfortunately we lacked what is essential. We have to try and digest this.

"There is no way of reducing their disappointment, but we must not forget the enthusiasm of millions of people which our run generated. It is hard to look at the positives now but there are many.

"We did not play with the brakes on but Portugal are good at stopping you from playing. They play as a unit. Without Cristiano Ronaldo they had one fewer attacking option.

"We didn't play a bad game. We went for it."

Portugal boss Fernando Santos: "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.

"Cristiano Ronaldo 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."

Former England captain Alan Shearer, speaking on Match of the Day: "Portugal set their system up and said, 'this is how we'll play, come and try to break us down'. It was a brilliant goal to win it, he was big and strong. The finish was sublime."

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy, speaking on Match of the Day: "It's an amazing story for a team who weren't fancied before or during the tournament.

"Portugal have shown they possess character and quality. Tonight they didn't need Cristiano Ronaldo. People won't remember he didn't play much tonight, they'll remember he captained them to their first major trophy.

France 1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry, speaking on Match of the Day: "It's a sad day. We have a lot of Portuguese in France. We'll hear about this for a looong time.

"You can only win a tournament as a team - perfect example, Ronaldo comes out and Portugal win it. It was like, 'let's do it for him'."

The final in numbers

35: Portugal have won their first European Championship after 35 games at the tournament.

10: They are the 10th different nation to be European champions.

6: Eder is the sixth substitute to score in a European Championship final, along with Oliver Bierhoff, Sylvain Wiltord, David Trezeguet, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.

3: Portugal become the first team in European Championship history to go to extra time three times in the same tournament.

80: They took until the 80th minute to register a shot on target, the longest wait for a team in a European Championship final.

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui PatrícioBooked at 120mins
  • 21SoaresBooked at 34mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4FonteBooked at 119mins
  • 5GuerreiroBooked at 95mins
  • 14CarvalhoBooked at 98mins
  • 16Renato SanchesSubstituted forÉderat 79'minutes
  • 23Adrien SilvaSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 66'minutes
  • 10João MárioBooked at 62mins
  • 17Nani
  • 7RonaldoSubstituted forQuaresmaat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 6Carvalho
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9Éder
  • 11Vieirinha
  • 12Lopes
  • 13Danilo
  • 15André Gomes
  • 18Rafa Silva
  • 19Eliseu
  • 20Quaresma
  • 22Eduardo

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 19Sagna
  • 21KoscielnyBooked at 107mins
  • 22UmtitiBooked at 80mins
  • 3Evra
  • 15PogbaBooked at 115mins
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 97mins
  • 18SissokoSubstituted forMartialat 110'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 8PayetSubstituted forComanat 58'minutes
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forGignacat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jallet
  • 4Rami
  • 5Kanté
  • 6Cabaye
  • 10Gignac
  • 11Martial
  • 12Schneiderlin
  • 13Mangala
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Digne
  • 20Coman
  • 23Costil
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
75,868

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 1, France 0.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Portugal 1, France 0.

Booking

Rui Patrício (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, France. Anthony Martial tries a through ball, but Paul Pogba is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a headed pass.

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (France).

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

Booking

José Fonte (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

Nani (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) because of an injury.

Booking

Paul Pogba (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

João Mário (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, France. Conceded by Pepe.

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Mário (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Anthony Martial replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 1, France 0. Eder (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Laurent Koscielny (France) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Laurent Koscielny (France).

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half Extra Time begins Portugal 0, France 0.

First Half Extra Time ends, Portugal 0, France 0.

Attempt saved. Eder (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Quaresma with a cross.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Kingsley Coman.

Corner, France. Conceded by Raphael Guerreiro.

Corner, France. Conceded by José Fonte.

Booking

William Carvalho (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kingsley Coman (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

Booking

Blaise Matuidi (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moussa Sissoko (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France321037
2Switzerland312015
3Albania3102-23
4Romania3012-21

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wales320136
2England312015
3Slovakia311104
4Russia3012-41

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany321037
2Poland321027
3Northern Ireland310203
4Ukraine3003-50

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Croatia321027
2Spain320136
3Turkey3102-23
4Czech Rep3012-31

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Italy320126
2Belgium320126
3R. of Ireland3111-24
4Sweden3012-21

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Hungary312025
2Iceland312015
3Portugal303003
4Austria3012-31
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