|Portugal Win France 1-0 To Become Euro 2016 Championship|
Accordly to PARIS (Reuters) – Substitute Eder scored in extra-time to give Portugal a 1-0 win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday as they secured their first major international title despite losing captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.
After heavy challenge from Dimitri Payet earlier in the match, although the 31-year-old tried to continue he was ultimately forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher in the in the 25th minute.
Moussa Sissoko was the one player who looked as though he could make a difference, and midway through the half he made a powerful run forward before lashing a deflected effort over the crossbar.
The match went into extra time after a goaless 90 minutes, but Eder proved to be the hero with a 109th-minute winner to stun the host at the Stade de France.
The first sight of goal went the way of Portugal after just five minutes when Nani raced on to a ball over the top, but he lifted his effort over the crossbar.
Paul Pogba spurned their first shooting opportunity with a wild strike over the top from the edge of the box, but the first clear opening fell the way of Antoine Griezmann when the striker sliced an effort wide from a tight angle
Chances continued to be at a premium in the second half too, with Pogba being forced to resort to trying a 35-yard volley before Griezmann sent a tame effort into the arms of Rui Patricio.
It was Griezmann who had the biggest chance of the contest shortly after the hour mark too, escaping his marker to latch on to a cross from Kingsley Coman, only to glance his header over.
Hugo Lloris was finally called into action for the first time with 10 minutes remaining, with the France skipper almost being caught out by Nani’s mis-hit cross.
The match went all the way to extra time, and Portugal came closest to scoring in the first period of the added 30 when Eder climbed highest in the box to steer a header towards goal, but it was too close to Lloris.
Fernando Santos’s side came even closer after the interval when Raphael Guerreiro curled a free kick against the crossbar, but France failed to heed the warning signs and Portugal wouldn’t have to wait much longer before finally breaking the deadlock.
Eder proved to be the hero with a 109th-minute winner to stun the host at the Stade de France.He wrote himself into the history books with the winner