The winner for the EURO 2016 had been revealed as Portugal emerge as the champion in this year European Championship. A substitute Eder’s had a thunderous strike end up finishing the ball at the back of the net in the extra time to secure Portugal as the Euro champion. An early loss of their star player due to injury, Cristiano Ronaldo was carried out of the pitch at the 24th minutes had definitely given the Portugal fans a scare.
Nevertheless, Eder’s powerful strike came at the right time to allow Portugal to snatch the 1-0 win over France. Portugal’s victory had denied France the host of the European Championship to add more international silverware into their already glamorous international football record.
During the extra time, Eder picked the perfect time to score his first ever competitive goal for his country. Marauding forward towards the France defense before letting fly a perfect bullet shot into the back of the net from 25 meters in the 109th minute.
The goal provides a cruel blow for the France side who had dominated the match from the early of the game. The France side had also squandered many chances in front of their home supporters. It was a devastating experience for France’s fans as many travels to the Stade de France feeling hopeful of celebrating their third European crown.
After the match, Cristiano Ronaldo can be seen crying when he lifted the trophy for his winning team and country. He broke down in tears in the final whistle. Ronaldo can also be seen disappointed when his game came to an end after 24 minutes when he was carried out from the pitch crying while he was on a stretcher due to a knee injury.
The game had so much build-up focused on Ronaldo. However, his hopes of growing an international silverware were not all lost at the end of the match. Ronaldo has a glittering career throughout his whole footballing career. The only silverware missing from his CV was a piece of international achievement. The EURO 2016 had finally completed his dream of winning all major tournaments for his club and country.
As one of the truly great talent of the game, the script had been written for him to produce a great performance to match his status in the game. Dimitri Payet’s challenge had left him in a heap on the floor and he had to settle for a backstage during the early stage of the match.
Before his departure, France Moussa Sissoko had a bullish presence in the midfield area. The fast pace Sissoko is seen frequently charging into the Portugal area through tackles and bursting into the box. One of his best effort in the 34th minute was seen well blocked by Patricio. After this shot, the France side can be seen probing and pushing into the Portugal side but their side struggles to break down the Portugal side which can be seen more defensive minded throughout the game.
After Ronaldo departure, the Portugal side can be seen to be in no hurry to move the ball forward. The Portugal team seem to be happy with the game descend into careful tactical battle.
The Portugal side had a scare in the 67th minute when Kingsley Coman’s cross had found the unmarked Antoine Griezmann six meters away from the goal. However, his effort is not matched with the appropriate result as the EURO 2016 top scorer headed the golden opportunity over the bar. It was a close call for the France side.
A few minutes later, Olivier Giround was fed by the energetic Coman to provide a shot for the France side. His effort was again denied by a save from Patricio who then blocked away a pile-driver from Sissoko as France continue their attack.
The best chance for the France side had finally arrived during the stoppage time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac had succeeded in turning his marker inside out as he scuffles a shot past the goalkeeper. However, his great effort is denied by the post this time as he can only watch the ball bouncing across the face of the goal and then out of harm’s way.
There were not much excitement during the extra time as the Portugal side continue to sit back into their side. Some of the shots during the extra time can be seen when Eder’s header is denied by Hugo Lloris and Raphael Guerreiro’s strike the crossbar with a free kick. The true moment of magic finally arrives when Eder finishes off the game with his amazing strike to help the Portugal side to finish the EURO 2016 as champion and win the game outright.