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Live Reporting

Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    On that positive note...

    Thanks for joining me today for this walk through memory lane.

    Hopefully you've enjoyed it.

    Only three days until Euro 2020 starts. Read how to follow it here.

    See you then.

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    Video caption: 'Our wait is over' - Watch the BBC trail for our Euro 2020 coverage
  2. Post update

    Match of the Day pundits Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer all bemoaned the lack of quality at Euro 2016 and the "negative" tactics adopted by teams, suggesting Uefa's decision to expand the tournament from 16 to 24 teams was to blame.

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    Video caption: Euro 2016: Shearer, Henry and Ferdinand on lack of quality at tournament
  3. BBC Sport readers' team of the tournament

    We asked BBC Sport readers to pick their team of the tournament back in 2016.

    Over 100,000 replied and picked this XI...

    Euro 2016 team of the tournament - voted by BBC readers
  4. And player of the tournament

    Antoine Griezmann was also named player of the tournament.

    Portugal teenager Renato Sanches won the young player award.

    This was Uefa's team of the tournament...

    Team of Euro 2016
  5. Griezmann wins Golden Boot

    Antoine Griezmann walked away with the Golden Boot in the end.

    Only Michel Platini (with nine goals at Euro 1980) has scored more goals in one European Championship.

    In fact, only Platini, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer have ever scored more goals in all Euros combined.

    Top scorer
  6. 'The final many felt Euro 2016 deserved'

    "Euro 2016 got the final many felt it deserved, one that mirrored the tournament," said BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty.

    "The brutal truth is this was a Euros that will not be remembered with huge affection by many countries other than winners Portugal and perhaps Wales and Iceland.

    "The setting was ideal. It was played in front of sell-out crowds in modern stadiums, from the vast expanse of the rebuilt Stade Velodrome in Marseille to the new-age Stade de Bordeaux, highly distinctive because of the 900 exterior stanchions that support the roof.

    "It made France the perfect environment to stage a classic tournament - but in the end it was a tournament of individual contributions from great players that fell a long way short of being a great showpiece.

    "There were 51 matches and 22 were goalless at half-time, although excitement was provided by the trend of late goals, with 20 coming in the 85th minute or later.

    "Too often caution ruled, apart from the last day of qualifying from the groups, with the chance of a third-placed team finding a way into the last 16."

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    Video caption: Euro 2016: Re-live the highs and lows of the European Championship
  7. 'Euro 2016 changed Welsh football forever'

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales in France for Euro 2016

    Euro 2016 changed Welsh football forever. The players and staff had an inkling of how their momentous efforts in France had been greeted at home, but nothing could have prepared them for their homecoming.

    With a few sore heads following a final night out in Dinard, their Euros base in Brittany, Wales’ squad were greeted by thousands of fans lining the streets for their open bus parade in Cardiff, and then thousands more inside Cardiff City Stadium. Welsh football had never seen anything like it, just as it had never seen anything like Euro 2016.

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  9. Post update

    All in all, it wasn't actually a great tournament.

    It was the summer of a lifetime for Wales, with a couple of great moments for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Iceland had a fantastic time too, and Portugal obviously.

    But the football wasn't actually particularly good.

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    Video caption: Euro 2016: Best goals of the tournament
  10. 'Cristiano told me I would score winning goal'

    Eder, who scored Portugal's winner, was an unlikely hero.

    The 79th-minute substitute joined Swansea the previous summer but moved to Lille after failing to score in 15 appearances. His strike against France was his first competitive international goal.

    Ronaldo had given him some words of encouragement at half-time in extra time, four minutes before his winner.

    "Cristiano told me I would score the winning goal," said Eder. "He gave me strength and positive energy. A lot of hard work went into it.

    "With the injury to Ronaldo, we went through a tough time because he's very important for us but he gave us all his courage and his strength. We were able to win it for him and all the Portuguese people."

  11. 'The measure of a superstar'

    Match of the Day: Top 10

    Alan Shearer: Because of the way he dragged his team to the final, it was all about him - and rightly so. But he got injured eight or nine minutes in and tried to carry on for 15 minutes or so. Then he had to come off and you could see him in tears. For the rest of the game he was up with his coach.

    Micah Richards: It was massive. We always thought, 'if Ronaldo gets injured they've got no chance'.

    Gary Lineker: I remember watching the game and thinking how many times whoever was directing the final cut to Ronaldo on the bench. It was like every time the ball went out of play - Ronaldo. That's the measure of a superstar.

  12. Ronaldo still steals headlines despite injury

    The win meant Cristiano Ronaldo managed what Lionel Messi never has - winning a major international tournament.

    But his impact in the final was off the pitch after going off in tears in the 25th minute - having twice tried to play on through an injury.

    In the closing seconds of extra time, he virtually took charge of team affairs and light-heartedly bumped into coach Fernando Santos, before breaking down in tears when British referee Mark Clattenburg signalled full-time.

    "It was tough to lose our main man, the man who could at any moment score a goal," said Portugal defender Pepe. "We said we would win it for him and we managed to do that."

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    Video caption: Cristiano Ronaldo is substituted after picking up an injury
  13. 'Great occasion... not sure great goal'

    Match of the Day: Top 10

    Alan Shearer: It was a good goal - outside the box, touch, turn. It was a great occasion - I'm not sure it was a great goal.

    Micah Richards: He scored the winning goal in the Euros and he gets number 10 (on the top moments of Euro 2016)?

    Gary Lineker: Alan - if you'd have scored the winning goal in extra time at Euro 96 - turned and hit one in the bottom corner from outside the box - where would it be?

    Shearer: Number one... but if Pepe and Eder are doing a podcast, I'm pretty sure they'd put Alan Shearer's goal at number 10!


    Portugal - for the sixth time in their seven Euro 2016 games - drew after 90 minutes...

    But Eder scored a free-kick in the second half of extra time as Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 to win the tournament.

    France had gone close late in the 90 minutes, with substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac hitting the inside of the post.

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    Video caption: Portugal score their opening goal against France through Eder
  15. Lawro's prediction

    Portugal v France

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC football expert

    Portugal have got to the final without playing well in any of their six matches in the tournament so far.

    Even if France go behind, I do not think they will be in trouble in the same way Wales were in their semi-final.

    France have got more attacking weapons than any other team in the tournament and on top of that they have got momentum and home advantage.

    Many of the best players over the past month have been French and in Antoine Griezmann they have the player of the tournament. He is an outstanding number 10 but what I love about him is that he is perfectly happy to track back and work when he is asked to as well.

    I am convinced France will win but it is difficult to say whether this will be the start of a period of dominance for Les Bleus. Most of their talented attacking players are young, but it is hard to know how they will shape up as a team by the time the next World Cup comes round in 2018.

    Prediction: 0-3

    Portugal v France
  16. Post update

    And so to the final as Portugal, with their one victory in 90 minutes, took on France - who were one of the best teams... and the hosts.

  17. 'I can't predict things from tomorrow'

    Germany manager Joachim Low was asked about his future after the game.

    "I can't predict things from tomorrow. I'm still disappointed. I won't think about that tonight.

    "How I cope with that, it's difficult to answer. We haven't discussed beforehand what we would do after a loss. Maybe in two or three days we will talk about that and consider if there is anything to discuss. Maybe even tomorrow on our flight back.

    "This was a good tournament for us. We had a great energy. I haven't seen too many errors in this tournament. It was a great side."

    Joachim Low
  18. 'A striker who can make us win tournaments. Hopefully'

    Thierry Henry

    Former France international on BBC One

    Quote Message: I am actually so emotional at the moment. It's nice to see that togetherness in the team, and with the fans. The main man Griezmann, we all knew that he had to play this type of game. We again have a hero, a striker who can make us win tournaments. Hopefully. What a player.
  19. Griezmann double takes France to final

    Playing Portugal in the final would be... hosts France.

    Les Bleus beat world champions Germany 2-0 in Marseille, their first victory over the Germans at a major tournament since 1958.

    Antoine Griezmann scored twice to take his total up to sixth for the tournament.

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    Video caption: Griezmann's penalty puts France in the lead

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    Video caption: Manuel Neuer's mistakes hands Antoinne Griezmann France's second goal
  20. Post update

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