Portugal Are Champions Of Europe


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Portugal have been crowned champions of Europe after substitute Eder scored in extra-time to seal a 1-0 win over hosts France in the final of Euro 2016  final on Sunday.

It is the first major international title for the Portuguese who were forced to play over 90 minutes of the grueling tie after losing their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.

Ronaldo, looking to become the all-time leading scorer at the European Championships, went down after a heavy tackle from Dimitri Payet in opening stages but played on before being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma in the 25th minute.


Eder, who plays his club football for Lille LOSC in the French Ligue 1, collected the ball in midfield, cut inside past two French defenders before unleashing a powerful drive past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with 11 minutes of extra time left to stun the vocal home crowd and sending the Portugal bench into raptures.

Didier Deschamps men came agonizingly close to snatching at the end of 90 minutes when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac’s shot rebounded off the post with Antoine Griezmann inches away, while Raphael Guerreiro hit the crossbar with a free kick in extra-tie as Portugal grew into the game and eventually prevailed against the odds.




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