Portugal wins EURO 2016 final beating France 1-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo goes off injured

07. 10. 16 @ 11:30pm By YAHOODS.COM 0

Portugal-Congratulations to Portugal for winning the Euro2016 cup!!!

Euro 2016 is done and dusted and Portugal are the last team standing.

Cristiano Ronaldo turned his tears of despair into tears of joy as he led Portugal’s celebrations after winning Euro 2016.

Ronaldo was left sobbing as he was stretchered out of the final just 24 minutes into the game with a knee injury.

But he quickly returned to the touchline to encourage his team-mates through the rest of the match, as they stunned host nation France to claim the trophy.

The extended tournament has divided opinions, and debates will go on about the structure (Portugal qualified for the knockout stages as a third-placed team, remember). However, there have been some wonderful moments over the past month. Iceland melted fans’ hearts, slow-clapping their way into the quarter-finals with a win over England. Wales went even further, daring to dream as they reached the last four. Will Grigg was on fire everywhere, despite never actually making it onto the field of play.

In the end, however, Portugal are the biggest winners. Defensively strong and mentally tough, they scrapped out of their group and proceeded to knock out Croatia, Poland and Wales to reach the final. France were the favourites, but Ronaldo’s team found a way to triumph without their star turn being on the field.

The injured Ronaldo, without the need for a stairlift, heads up at the back of the Portugal queue to get his hands on the Henri Delaunay trophy. This was meant to be all about one man, but the Portuguese have shown they are a united front. Defensively excellent, they found ways to win games and upset the odds.

And Eder is the hero. What an unlikely hero. A man who couldn’t make an impact for Swansea City in the Premier League has just written his name into his country’s history books.


Portugal: Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Joao Mario, Carvalho, Sanches (Eder 79′); Nani, Silva (Moutinho 66′), Ronaldo (Quaresma 24′).

France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko (Martial 110′), Griezmann, Payet (Coman 58′); Giroud (Gignac 79′).

Photo: twitter.com


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