Portugal won their first major trophy and stunned the hosts
As It Happened
Portugal won their first Major Title 1-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and stunned the hosts. Portugal, the team that finished third in their group, had found a way even on a night when their greatest footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was taken off on a stretcher with tears in his eyes.
It’s been a dramatic first-half as France missed many chances to take a lead in the big final of EURO 2016 in addition Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off injured after just 25 minutes of the Euro 2016 final against France.
Both teams failed to score in 90 minutes, finally Portugal began to take over the match in extra-time and substitute Eder proved the match-winner. After cutting inside past two French defenders, the Lille striker unleashed on his right boot past French captain Hugo Lloris. This stuns the home crowd and sends the Portugal bench into euphoria.
After tears, joy for Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal creates history by winning First ever European Championship.
Ronaldo after the game “Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for me. I injured myself in the first few minutes. But I’ve always believed in these players. They have quality and ability, along with our coach’s strategy to win”
Pepe, named man of the match said “It was tough because we lost our main man. We had all our hopes in him because he’s a player who can at any minute score a goal, because we know his abilities, but when he said he couldn’t go on, I tried to tell my teammates that we have to win it for him, that we were going to win it for him, that we were going to fight for him.” talking about his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Pepe added “The gaffer is our leader,”On the pitch, we’re all managers, because the gaffer lays down the tactics and on the pitch we do our best, but in fact the older players are there to incentivise and help younger ones.”
Portugal manager Fernando Santos was proud of his side after winning Euro 2016 final. He added “Our skipper, he had an immense effort. We had amazing team spirit, he had amazing team spirit. Twice he tried as much as he could to get back on the pitch, but he couldn’t do it. But being there in the locker room, on the bench it was very important to us, the way he reached the lads, incentivised them, he believed, like I believed, that tonight was our night.”