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Portugal upset France to win Euro 2016

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Portugal overcame the early loss of captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat hosts France in the Euro 2016 final and claim their first major tournament triumph thanks to substitute Eder’s superb extra-time winner.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was carried off on a stretcher in tears in the 25th minute, eight minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France’s Dimitri Payet.

France, the firm favourites, were unable to capitalise on Ronaldo’s absence, although they almost won it in the 91st minute when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned and hit the inside of the post.

Raphael Guerreiro hit the bar with a free-kick for Portugal after 108 minutes, but seconds later they were ahead when Eder fired a low, 25-yard drive past keeper Hugo Lloris.

Ronaldo, who had given his Portugal team-mates animated encouragement in the break before extra time, was offering as much tactical advice as coach Fernando Santos in chaotic closing moments – and he was reduced to tears once more before lifting the trophy that has eluded this country for so long.

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Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui PatrícioBooked at 120mins
  • 21SoaresBooked at 34mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4FonteBooked at 119mins
  • 5GuerreiroBooked at 95mins
  • 14CarvalhoBooked at 98mins
  • 16Renato Sanches