Highlights, insights, moments and commentaries on Portugal’s win in France

It wasn’t exactly a classic but Portugal won’t care, they won without Cristiano Ronaldo who was taken off injured after 24 minutes.

Substitute Eder won it in extra time to leave hosts France stunned.

Fonte: We’ve written our names in history

The Portugal centre-back was playing in League One a few years ago and look where he is now.

“I was playing in League One a few years ago, it defies description.

“This could be a Hollywod movie. We’ve written our names in history.

“This goes out to the whole nation, for the hardship we’ve been through and in 100 years we’ll look back on this.

“France are an amazing team. We lost our skipper who is the best player in the world but we believed to the end. Portugal has a shiny future.”

Santos: I am very happy

Here’s Portugal boss Fernando Santos:

I am very happy, of course. First of all I’d like to thank God for being with us, my wife, my mother, my grandson. My father wherever he is, he’s probably having a few beers.

“I’d like to give my thanks to Greece.

“Cristiano is an amazing example. Today he tried to remain on the pitch. He was very strong in the locker room, he helped all of the boys, that ‘s the definition of teamwork.

“We have a bright future but right now we need to celebrate.”

John Cross on the Euro 2016 final

The script was not supposed to end like this. And it also had the most unlikely hero as a Swansea reject upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal ruined the party in the Stade De France to win their first major trophy.

At the final whistle after 120 gruelling minutes, French players sunk to their knees as many were left in tears as the hosts suffered a devastating defeat to leave a nation heartbroken.

In contrast, Portugal celebrated wildly with Ronaldo leading the party even though it was supersub Eder who scored the extra time winner.

Deschamps: We had chances to score

“Even if we were a little bit tired as well, that’s not an excuse. We had chances to score, and the last one fell to ‘Dédé’ Gignac. It came down to tiny details, it was a close match.

“We had chances, as did the Portuguese, but unfortunately they scored. It’s a great disappointment for it to end now, with this final. We must not throw everything that we’ve done away, but we threw away a great chance to be European Champions – not the only one, but a great one.”

Eder on what Cristiano told him

The match-winner told reporters after the game:

“Cristiano told me I would be scoring the winning goal. He and all my teammates.

“He gave me strength and positive energy. And that goal was really important. A lot of hard work went into it. We worked hard from the first minute and right from the beginning of the Euros. We were spectacular. The Portuguese people deserve this.”

Griezmann: Football is cruel

“Football is cruel but it’s also magnificent. It allows us to experience wonderful times and sad times too. We gave everything tonight, we have no regrets and I’m proud of everyone.

“We were not as clinical as we were against Germany, we hit the post and the goalkeeper made saves. It is frustrating.

“Portugal are not only Ronaldo. They are very solid defensively and they scored without him.

“Later down the line I will be proud of winning the golden boot but for the moment I am very disappointed. I really wanted to win the trophy.”

The moment Ronaldo had been waiting for

And this is the moment the Portugal captain – conveniently with the skipper’s arm band back on – lifted the Euro 2016 trophy.

The Real Madrid man has won pretty much every trophy at club level but that elusive international trophy had always got away from him.

Until tonight when his Portugal team managed to shock Euro 2016 hosts France to win the final in Paris in extra-time.

And Ronaldo didn’t feature for long, being forced off the pitch after just 24 minutes with a knee injury. But he put on a tracksuit top and morphed in assistant manager, barking out instructions from the touchline.

Pepe: This is for Portuguese immigrants

“There was a lot of suffering, a very intense game.We fought very hard.

“We had to work very hard and be more humble than the other team, that’s the only way to win.

“We left it all out there, it’s the only way to win. We represented Portugal, a beautiful country of immigrants and we represent every one of them. This goes out to them.

“It was tough to lose our main man. The man who could at any moment score a goal.

“He could make the difference but we were warriors on the pitch. We said we would win it for him and we managed to do that.”

In pics: How Ronaldo’s evening panned out

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.

Former Swansea City striker Eder smashed home the decisive goal four minutes into the second half of extra-time to secure the victory.

Ronaldo kicked every ball on the sidelines alongside manager Fernando Santos. Ronaldo was again in tears as Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle as he celebrated with his team-mates.

His knee injury appeared to be forgotten as he joined the rest of the squad on the pitch – where he soon removed his shirt – as the party began.

See how his evening panned out in pics here.

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Euro 2016 final player ratings

Swansea City flop Eder proved to be the most unlikely of party-poopers as Portugal stunned France to become European champions.

The striker smashed home four minutes into the second half of extra-time of the Euro 2016 final to secure the 1-0 victory – and they did it without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid winger was stretchered off just 24 minutes into the final after colliding with France’s Dimitri Payet.

But his team-mates rallied and silenced the Stade de France to claim their first ever major trophy.

Not a bad season for Ronaldo…

  • 54 goals
  • 6 hat-tricks
  • 1 Champions League trophy
  • 1 European Championships trophy


The other side of the final

France, meanwhile, are devastated.

While Ronaldo is crying tears of joy the French team are crying tears of disappointment.

They really should have won tonight, especially after Ronaldo went off injured but it didn’t happen for them.

They hit the post and forced Rui Patricio into some brilliant saves. Behind Sissoko the Portugal keeper was the best player on the pitch tonight.

To lost it on home soil, in your capital city too is hard to take but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes and this young France team will be back in two years, no doubt stronger.

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Ronaldo the cheerleader

Ronaldo became assistant manager to Portugal after going off injured and it’s fair to say he got involved.

He kicked every ball and was a team cheerleader, coming on at half time in extra time to gee his team-mates up.

He’s definitely a captain isn’t he?

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Twelve years after losing in their last appearance in a major final they have finally got their hands on a trophy.

And they did it it without Cristiano Ronaldo who was subbed off injure after 25 minutes.

It was not a classic at all but the winning goal from Eder in extra time was something special, smashing it in from 25 yards out.

Ronaldo finally gets an international trophy while the Stade de France is stunned.

Report compiled by Sam Nyang’u

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