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Euro 2016: Portugal beat France to lift European title with Éder’s extra-time goal

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Portugal overcame host France in the final of the European football championship 2016 thanks to their Guinea Bissau-born striker Eder in the second half of extra time. Portugal defeated France 1-0 after a goal from Eder in extra-time.

Substitute Eder broke the deadlock in the 109th minute of the final when he cut inside from the left brushing off a challenge by french defender Laurent Koscielny and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 metres.

Portugal secured their first major international title despite losing captain Cristiano Ronaldo to injury in the first half.

Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer,went down after Ronaldo-Euro 2016a heavy tackle from Dimitri Payet in the eighth minute but played on before being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma in the 25th minute.Ronaldo was in tears when he left the pitch with his damaged knee in the first half. He had tried desperately to carry on and when he finally accepted it was futile it felt like a grievous setback to Portugal’s hopes of denying France the outcome that would have meant so much in this city. Ronaldo looked broken. The final was deprived of its main attraction and at that stage it was tempting to wonder whether his team-mates truly believed they could cope.

France nearly snatched a win in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes when Andre-Pierre Gignac’s shot rebounded off the post, while Raphael Guerreiro hit the crossbar with a free kick for Portugal in extra-time.

In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo had his hands on the trophy even if it was not the way the ultimate showman had intended. Portugal, the team that finished third in their group, had found a way even on a night when their greatest footballer was taken off on a stretcher. The players of France were on their knees and suddenly it was a sunrise of a smile on Ronaldo’s face, in stark contrast to the devastation that had been seen earlier in the night.

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