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France 0-1 Portugal

By Mark Ogden

Published 11/07/2016

Portugal's Bruno Alves, Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fonte, Andre Gomes and Joao Mario celebrate winning the European Championship. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Bruno Alves, Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fonte, Andre Gomes and Joao Mario celebrate winning the European Championship. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Portugal's supporters celebrate at the Lyon fanzone following the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Portugal players celebrate after their side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory at Terreiro do Paco square in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after watching on a giant screen the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
France's coach Didier Deschamps reacts during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
France's forward Kingsley Coman's wife Sephora Coman (top C) reacts during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal celebrates winning with his team mates Eduardo (C) and Anthony Lopes (R) at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Pepe and Rui Patricio of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (From R) Portugal's midfielder Renato Sanches, Portugal's forward Eder, Portugal's defender Cedric Soares, Portugal's midfielder Adrien Silva, Portugal's midfielder Joao Mario, Portugal's midfielder Andre Gomes, Portugal's midfielder Joao Moutinho, Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's defender Pepe, Portugal's forward Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal's defender Bruno Alves, Portugal's midfielder Danilo Pereira and Portugal's defender Eliseu pose with the trophy as they celebrate after beating France during the Euro 2016 final football match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder of Portugal scores the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts from the bench after his side hit the during extra-time of the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Sandra Evra, wife of France's defender Patrice Evra, consles her son after Portugal beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. Portugal beat France 1-0 to clinch the Euro 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Danilo Pereira of Portugal high fives with a supporter while walking up the steps to collect winners medals after their win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates with his team staffs after winning the tournament after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal celebrates winning with his team mates Eduardo (C) and Anthony Lopes (R) at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Nani of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is seen during the award ceremony after their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder (L) and Joao Mario of Portugal celebrate winning after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Fernando Santos gestures on the touchline during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal's Eder celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's Eder (second left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
France's Paul Pogba, top, and Antoine Griezmann walk down the tribune at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal supporters celebrate victory near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, embraces France's Patrice Evra at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Joao Mario of Portugal and Paul Pogba of France compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
The Eiffel tower is lit with Portugal colors after the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Champ-de-Mars fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2016. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds up the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
French President Francois Hollande, second left, shakes hands with France's Antoine Griezmann while French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, looks on after the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France, Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Portugal won 1-0. At right is France's Paul Pogba. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)
Portugal's Eder celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal supporters celebrate victory near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder (C) of Portugal celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
France's Antoine Griezmann walks down the tribune at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
France's Antoine Griezmann reacts as after Portugal's Eder scored the opening goal during the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
TOPSHOT - The Eiffel tower is lit with Portugal colors after the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Champ-de-Mars fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2016. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Eder (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Pepe of Portugal celebrates during the award ceremony after his team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
France supporters walk near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Fernando Santos manager of Portugal is thrown into the air by his players after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Fernando Santos manager of Portugal is thrown into the air by his players after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate after Eder (second left) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is seen during the award ceremony after their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate after Eder (left, obscured) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory at Marques de Pombal square in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo pushes manager Fernando Santos during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal supporters hold a flag and a trophy replica as they celebrate after the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Germany on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTGEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images
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Portugal celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal players celebrate after their 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal kisses the Henri Delaunay trophy to celebrate after their 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe hold the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

So the one-man team became European champions, defeating the host nation without the one man they apparently could not win without.

Portugal, for the first time, claimed a major title by defeating France in Paris, silencing the Stade de France with Eder's extra-time goal in a game that had been memorable only for Cristiano Ronaldo's tears after being stretchered off midway through the first-half.

Ronaldo ended the game, with his left knee heavily strapped, prowling the technical area as though he were the Portugal coach.

And 12 years after suffering defeat as a host nation to Greece at Euro 2004, and numerous semi-finals since, Portugal and Ronaldo claimed redemption as France froze on the biggest stage in front of their own supporters.

So the Henri Delaunay Trophy remains in Iberia, with Portugal succeeding back-to-back winners Spain.

Didier Deschamps had complained about his team's schedule ahead of this game - playing their semi-final against Germany on Thursday - insisting that just two full days of recovery was insufficient.

But could the feelgood factor carry Les Bleus over the line against a Portugal team that, for all their inability to put opponents away, had reached this final without losing?

As well as physical and mental fatigue, France also had to shrug off the pressure of emulating the teams of 1984 and 1998, which won the European Championships and World Cup respectively on home soil.

The game was only eight minutes old before it became clear that Ronaldo would not be single-handedly carrying Portugal to victory. Having received the ball, Ronaldo was flattened by a clumsy challenge by Dimitri Payet which went unpunished by referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Portugal captain was clearly in discomfort, rolling on the turf while clutching his left knee. Treatment followed, but Ronaldo could only limp and shuffle around the pitch before going down in tears 10 minutes later. Strapping was applied to his left leg, but it was a futile attempt to keep the 31-year-old on the pitch.

On 24 minutes, Ronaldo signalled to the bench that his game was up. More tears flowed as he was stretchered off to applause from the whole stadium.

With the exception of a Nani volley, from Cedric's pinpoint pass on four minutes, Portugal barely threatened Hugo Lloris in the France goal, but Deschamps' team could not find the breakthrough.

Moussa Sissoko was France's biggest attacking threat in the first-half, with the Newcastle midfielder shooting goalwards on three occasions.

Antoine Griezmann also sent an effort flashing into the side-netting, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was proving to be in fine form.

With Ronaldo gone, Portugal turned to his replacement, Ricardo Quaresma, and Nani to test the French, but chances were thin on the ground.

Portugal, without their talisman and inspiration, were there for the taking, but France appeared cowed by the prospect of going on the front foot and big names like Paul Pogba (left with Patrice Evra) could not rise to the occasion.

Their lack of pace up-front played into Portugal's hands, with Pepe marshalling the defence superbly alongside Jose Fonte, but Deschamps did not gamble on a change until the 57th minute, when he replaced Payet with the pacy Kingsley Coman.

France were crying out for creativity and guile from midfield, but Pogba was quiet and Blaise Matuidi too busy keeping close to Portugal teenager Renato Sanches.

But with Portugal happy to sit back and soak up pressure, this final was drifting into the territory of two teams preparing to take it to penalties.

Had Griezmann headed home from Coman's cross on 65 minutes, the game, and France, would have been transformed, but the Atletico Madrid forward headed over.

Lloris was forced into his first save on 80 minutes when he kept out Quaresma's scissor kick, but the game was destined for extra-time once Andre-Pierre Gignac - on for Olivier Giroud - hit the post.

France continued to struggle in extra-time, though, and it was the Portuguese who showed the greater desire.

Raphael Guerreiro's free-kick rattled Lloris' crossbar on 107 minutes, but the killer blow was landed two minutes later.

Eder, having outmuscled Laurent Koscielny, was given space to shoot by Samuel Umtiti. Twenty yards out, the former Swansea forward beat Lloris with a low right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

France's dream had been extinguished, but Ronaldo's and Portugal's had just become a reality.

FRANCE: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Sissoko (Martial 110), Griezmann, Payet (Coman 58), Giroud (Gignac 78)

Goal: none

Subs not used: Jallet, Rami, Kanté, Cabaye, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Mandanda, Digne, Costil.

PORTUGAL: Rui Patrício, Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, W Carvalho, Renato Sanches (Eder 79), Adrien Silva (João Moutinho 66), João Mário, Nani, Ronaldo (Quaresma 25)

Goal: Eder 109

Subs not used: Bruno Alves, R Carvalho, Vieirinha, Lopes, Danilo, André Gomes, Rafa Silva, Eliseu, Eduardo.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

Match rating: 6/10

Man of the match: Moussa Sissoko (France)

Attendance: 75,868

Belfast Telegraph

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