Ronaldo-Less Portugal Stun France To Win First Senior Title

Ronaldo-Less Portugal Stun France To Win First Senior Title

Against the odds Portugal won their first ever senior title after defeating hosts France 1-0 in the final of the 2016 European Championship on Sunday in Paris.

The only goal of the game came off the boot of substitute Eder in extra-time.

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The last time Portugal played in the final was in the 2004 edition which they hosted and lost 1-0 to Greece.

Portugal had the game’s first chance through Nani in the fourth minute following a long pass but he blazed his shot over the bar.

Antoine Griezmann had France’s first big chance five minutes later only to see his looping header punched over the bar by Rui Patricio for a corner.

France came close to taking the lead from the corner after Olivier Giroud met Dimitri Payet’s corner with a powerful header but Patricio held firm.

In the 24th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma after a tackle from Payet resulted in a knee injury.

France had another chance in the 33rd minute through Moussa Sissoko who turned his marker smartly but his shot was punched away by Patricio.

Few minutes later Sissoko burst through the Portuguese ranks only to see his left-foot shot come off a defender for a corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Joao Mario swung in a cross from the left which evaded everyone in the box.

Five minutes into the second half, Sissoko sent in a low cross but Pepe cleared away for a corner.

In the 56th minute Joao Mario sent in a dangerous cross from the left but Samuel Umtiti headed away for a corner.

France made their first change on 58 minutes, bringing on Kingsley Coman for Payet.

Coman swung into action just few seconds after coming on, laying a pass for Griezman whose low strike was well saved by Patricio.

Griezman had a big chance in the 66th minute but his header off Coman’s cross narrowly went over the bar.

Portugal made their second change with Joao Moutinho replacing Adrien Silva.

In the 73rd minute, Coman put in a cutback after a one-two with Giroud but Pepe cleared the danger away for a corner.

Giroud had a chance on 75 minutes after he was played through by Coman but his low strike was punched away by Patricio.

France made another change with Pierre Andre-Gignac replacing Giroud while Eder went in for Sanchez for Portugal.

Lloris made a double save in the 80th minute, first palming away Nani’s cross before saving off Quaresma’s bicycle attempt.

With six minutes remaining, Sissoko drove in a long-range strike which was parried by Patricio.

Gignac almost won it for France in the 92nd minute, turning Pepe inside the box only to see his effort come off the post.

In the 95th minute of extra-time, Pepe connected with a header off Quaresma’s cross which narrowly missed the target but it won’t have counted as the flag was already up for offside.

Eder headed in Quaresma’s corner but Lloris was in the right position to punch it away.

In the 107th minute Raphael saw his well taken free-kick hit the cross-bar.

Eder finally put Portugal in front on 109th minute, hitting a low shot that beat Lloris.

France made their final change with Anthony Martial replacing Sissoko.

Portugal almost made it 2-0 it on 116 minutes following a low cross but Umtiti cleared the danger.

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