Echoes of Portugal’s Euro 2016 Triumph Over Host France in The Final

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Against all odds, Portugal did what many termed impossible by beating host of Euro 2016 France 1-0 in the final through an extra time stunner by substitute Eder after 109′ minutes to clinch their first major title.

The victors were faced with a tough situation as Ronaldo could only last 25 minutes and was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma whose impact was felt in absence of the talisman.

If the road to the final was something to go by, no one would have thought the Portuguese will stun Les Blues right in their own comfort zone at Saint Dennis stadium, Paris, having progressed from the group stages without a singles win (three straight draws 1-1 against Iceland, goalless in Austria tie and 3-3 vs Hungary).

In the round of 16, they edged Croatia 1-0 to make it through to the quarter finals confronting who gave them a run for their money playing out 1-1 to force the game into penalties where Portugal triumphed 5-3. The next casualty was Wales who missed marksman Aaron Ramsey and could not do much but fall to Ronaldo and Nani’s two victory.

The final saw Didier Deschamps men controlled most of the match, but failed to score in 90 minutes, with goalkeeper Rui Patricio keeping them at bay. The closest f chances came to France when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned brilliantly in the penalty area,only for his shot to hit the post before former Swansea forward Eder struck to see-off the penalty-imminent match and wipe the tears of captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

This marks the major achievement for Portugal since loosing missing out of an opportunity losing to Greece in the final of Euro 2004 championship.