They won just one game in regulation time throughout the tournament, but Portugal has had the last laugh after shocking hosts France to capture the 2016 European Championship.
As they’ve been accustomed to, the Portuguese sealed their 1-0 triumph in extra time to become the champions of Europe for the first time.
The two sides couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes of regulation time before Portuguese substitute striker Eder struck home a pinpoint strike in the 109th minute to put the underdogs ahead.
It’s a moment in European Championship history which will be forever engrained in Portuguese fans’ memory. Here is that ‘moment’.
It was utter despair for the French who were pronounced favourites bidding for a third European Championship and a second on home soil. It’s the Blues’ first loss in a European Championship final.
The entertaining French were the most prolific scorers in the tournament but when it counted most, they couldn’t add another one in the final.
French substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac’s second half strike which beat Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio but agonisingly hit the post was as close it as it gets.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was a picture of pain in the first half after sustaining a painful knee injury which saw him stretchered off the pitch for which he would take no further part in the game.
In stark contrast at the end of extra time, the Portuguese talisman was juggling the trophy on his head.
Amazingly, Portugal’s only regular time victory in either the group or knockout phase was a 2-0 win over Wales in the semi-finals.
But it mattered little in the end as the Portuguese saluted an historic European Championship victory.
At 31-years-old, this may have been the last time we’ll see Ronaldo in the European Championship and what better note to bow out on than standing on the winner’s dais.
Teammates though, won’t be missing his angry fist slaps!
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