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UEFA Euro 2016: Portugal lift first ever European title, beat host France 1-0 in extra time

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 July 2016, 9:18 IST

Against all odds, 'Ronaldo-less' Portugal won their first ever European Championship title as they beat the hosts on their home soil by 1-0 in extra time at Stade de France near Paris on 10 July.In the history-making triumph, it was substitute forward Eder, who rarely scores for the national team, took a pass from Joao Moutinho in the 109 minute, cut onto his right, and unleashed the perfect strike towards the near-corner. France keeper and captain Hugo Lloris made a stretch but failed to contain the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the talisman of the Portuguese team, got injured only seven minutes into the game when French midfielder Dimitri Payet put in a challenge on him, and caught him with the follow-through.

Although Ronaldo continued playing for some time, he had to be replaced by Ricardo Quaresma in the 25th minute.

Portugal hadn't defeated France since 1975 and 41 years later, they defeated France and beat them on an all-important stage. France had been Euro winners on two occasions, both being when they had hosted but France lost the opportunity of the third similar triumph as they were pulled down by the 10 different nation to win the trophy, Portugal.

The game was more or less a lackluster spectacle. France had their chances in the form of Antoine Griezmann, Oliver Giroud, Moussa Sissoko and what could have been a winner; a stoppage time effort from Andre-Pierre Gignac but none found the net.

It was Eder, who scored in the second period of the stoppage time and brought home the glory with a powerful drive from 25 yards in the 110 minute.

First published: 11 July 2016, 9:18 IST
 
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