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UEFA Euro 2016: France coach Didier Deschamps speechless after Portugal defeat

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 July 2016, 13:24 IST

France coach Didier Deschamps has said that he has no words about the 0-1 loss to Portugal at the Stade de France on 11 July. Not only did Portugal end France's 18-match winning streak at home but also took the Euro trophy home, for the first time ever in the history of the tournament

The match saw skipper Cristiano Ronaldo leave the pitch in the 25th minute of the match, eight minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France's Dimitri Payet.

France almost clinched a victory when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned and hit the ball inside of the post at the end of normal time.

After both sides failed to score goals in the regulation time, Portugal substitute Eder struck the match-winning goal for Portugal.

"There are no words, the disappointment is immense. It will take time to digest it," Deschamps told Goal.com.

The France coach admitted that his side had missed a big chance to be the champions of Europe.

"Even if we were missing a little bit of energy tonight, it's not an excuse, we had opportunities, the last was Gignac. After that we continued, it was a very tight match and we had our chances even if the Portuguese had their own opportunities as well," he added.

--ANI

First published: 11 July 2016, 13:24 IST
 
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