Euro 2016: Portugal beat France to lift European title

Date: July 11, 2016

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Portugal overcame host France in the final of the European football championship thanks to their Guinea Bissau-born striker Eder in the second half of extra time.Substitute Eder broke the deadlock in the 109th minute of the final when he cut inside from the left brushing off a challenge by french defender Laurent Koscielny and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 metres.


Portugal secured their first major international title despite losing captain Cristiano Ronaldo to injury in the first half.

Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer, went down after a heavy tackle from Dimitri Payet in the eighth minute but played on before being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma in the 25th minute.

France nearly snatched a win in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes when Andre-Pierre Gignac's shot rebounded off the post, while Raphael Guerreiro hit the crossbar with a free kick for Portugal in extra-time.