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  • Portugal lift their first ever major tournament trophy with a last-gasp extra-time win over the Euro 2016 hosts in Saint-Denis
  • Fernando Santos' side, who finished third in Group F, looked content to settle for penalties before substitute Eder sealed a memorable win and sparked scenes of jubilation with a brilliant long-range strike
  • Victory made all the most impressive by the fact that the winners lost captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to a first-half knee injury following a robust challenge from Dimitri Payet

That just about wraps up our live coverage of the Euro 2016 final. Thanks for following and stay tuned to IBTimes UK over the coming days for reaction, our awards and a best/worst team of the tournament.


Ronaldo proudly hoists the trophy aloft. What a draining night of mixed emotions for him.


France glumly receive their runners-up medals. The sense of total despair and disbelief is all too evident...

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Utter, unbridled jubilation from the Portuguese players and staff after the full-time whistle blows. After so many near misses, they finally seal their first major international trophy. And Ronaldo's got his shirt off, obviously.

French players and fans alike are distraught. They were the firm favourites tonight and were handed such a boost with that first-half injury. Ultimately they just could not get the job done.

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Portugal win Euro 2016


Portugal 1-0 France

Agony for France as Coman's deep cross is knocked down into the path of Martial, whose effort is deflected wide. He was offside anyway.

Rui Patricio takes an age over the goal kick and is duly booked for time-wasting.

Quaresma pops up downfield with a rabona and it is left to Sagna to deny Joao Mario a clear sight of goal. Two minutes of additional time for France to rescue this and force a shootout.

Nani is in acres of space on the left, but thankfully for France the ball does not quite reach him.

A passionate Ronaldo strides over to get the injured Guerreiro back on the pitch. He doesn't look like he can run.

Deschamps finally uses that last change, sending on Martial for Sissoko. Too little, too late for France?

Having struggled badly for regular football and failed to score once during a miserable season at Swansea, Eder looks to have netted the most important goal of his career and quite possibly ended Portugal's major tournament drought.

The substitute, who now plies his trade in France with Lille, receives the ball from Moutinho with his back to goal. He proceeds to wrestle with Koscielny before rifling a low effort from distance that beats Lloris and nestles neatly in the bottom corner.

What a goal.

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Goal: Portugal 1-0 France (Eder)

Koscielny is rightfully perplexed as he is whistled and shown a yellow card for handball. Replays show that it actually hit Eder.

Guerreiro then steps up to curl a brilliant effort against the crossbar. What a controversial goal that would have been!

The second period of extra-time is upon us. Can anybody stop this from progressing through to the lottery of penalties?

Still one sub left for France if Deschamps chooses to use it. Anthony Martial would be the obvious option, although Yohan Cabaye knows how to take a penalty.

Someone is getting rather animated on the Portugal bench...

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Half-time in extra-time

Portugal 0-0 France

Lloris comes to France's rescue by parrying Eder's downward header from a corner.

France press to no avail as Griezmann's unexpected struggles continue. Portugal just hanging in there at the moment.

The bookings are starting to rain down like confetti now. Matuidi is somewhat harshly punished for taking down Eder in the air and Carvalho is rightly cautioned for cynically foiling a Coman break.

Blaise Matudi

After Eder is brought down, Quaresma sends in a useful free-kick that Pepe rises to head just wide. The Real Madrid centre-back is belatedly flagged offside.

Guerreiro is shown a yellow card.

It's worth noting at this stage that Quaresma's effort against Croatia is the only goal to have been scored during extra-time at Euro 2016 to date...

Back underway at the Stade de France. Portugal, who received a pep talk from Ronaldo during the break, have no substitutions remaining. Deschamps still has one change up his sleeve.

It's been a tame final to rather reflect the lacklustre vibe of the entire tournament. Extra-time and likely penalties to come.

End of 90 minutes

Portugal 0-0 France

Post! Gignac receives possession in the box and shows great skill to evade Pepe before scuffing his shot against the woodwork from a difficult angle.

A collective groan echoes across the Stade de France as the replay is shown on the big screen. That could have been their moment.

Andre-Pierre Gignac

Three minutes of added time to be played. We are heading for another 30, unless someone can make themselves a hero here.

Koscielny stands firm against Quaresma to shepherd the ball out of play. He then looks bemused after being put in a temporary headlock.

At the other end, Bacary Sagna bends in a dangerous cross towards Gignac that Rui Patricio does well to take cleanly.


Sissoko gets on the ball and takes a heavy first touch before unleashing a fearsome drive that is parried by Rui Patricio. He strives to head the rebound and gets hurt by the falling weight of Guerreiro.

Rui Patricio

Nani drives wide from distance. Into the last 10 minutes now in a game that has looked destined for extra-time for quite a while.

Bizarre goalkeeping from Lloris, who inexplicably palms out a mishit Nani cross before holding an acrobatic overhead kick from Quaresma.

That proves to be Giroud's last contribution as he goes off to be replaced by Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Portugal also send on former Swansea City striker Eder in place of Renato Sanches.

An otherwise thoroughly underwhelming contest begins to open a tad as Coman tees up Giroud, who is denied by Rui Patricio.

Olivier Giroud

Coman races through but is forced wide and only has a corner to show for his efforts. Evra then looks to shove Moutinho but cannot connect with the delivery in the six-yard box.

Some needle at last as Nani unceremoniously blocks the latest driving run from Sissoko.

Oh what a miss. Coman provides a sumptuous cross for Griezmann, but for once the 25-year-old, who gets clear of Fonte, fails to take his chance and glances a header narrowly over.

A second change from Santos now sees Joao Moutinho replace Silva.

Antoine Griezmann

Sissoko is back in his own box to head clear a cross from Cedric. Joao Mario then joins the Southampton right-back in Clattenburg's notebook for denying Giroud a chance to break.

Joao Mario finds space down that left-hand side and flights in a near-post cross that is headed behind by Umtiti.

Approaching the hour mark, Deschamps replaces Payet with Coman before Griezmann sends a low shot straight at Rui Patricio under pressure from Cedric.

Another purposeful run from Sissoko is thwarted by Pepe. Rui Patricio then claims the corner at the second attempt.

A cross from Payet falls to Pogba, who again fires a volley well over.

Heart in mouth time for Portuguese fans once again as Nani goes down clutching the top of his boot. Quaresma also takes a bump before Pepe rubs his thigh after being felled by Sissoko.

They simply cannot afford to lose anymore key players.


The second half is off and running. No further changes as of yet, although Kingsley Coman has been warming up for some time and could join the party very soon.

Not a vintage opening 45 minutes by any means, but Santos should be content with how his side have grown in confidence despite the absence of their key man. Sissoko is providing the main threat for France, who have struggled to get Griezmann involved other than that early header.

Chances have been at a premium.

Antoine Griezmann


Portugal 0-0 France

Despite getting a real foothold in the game, the Portuguese are still yet to really test Lloris. Joao Mario fails to pick out Nani with a back-post cross that flies just over the head of Koscielny.

Clattenburg sounds the half-time whistle.

Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of the first half. Portugal doing all the running just at the moment.

Portugal are steadily growing into this and retaining far more possession, despite that daunting loss of Ronaldo.

Whisper it quietly, but might the loss of their figurehead and talisman open things up for the ball to be shared more widely?

We should also mention that Cedric was the first man to have his name taken following an aerial clash with Payet, who will certainly not be the most popular figure in Portugal or Madrid tonight.

Portugal struggle to work the necessary space for a shot on the edge of Lloris' penalty area and left-back Guerreiro's eventual effort is diverted wide.

Fonte gets up very well indeed from the corner but can't keep his header down.

Sissoko is playing like a man possessed tonight. Or at least one with designs on playing a little higher than the Championship next season. The Newcastle United midfielder sees a shot blocked by Guerreiro before brilliantly spinning Cedric and producing a drive that is beaten away by Rui Patricio.

He's been comfortably the best player on the pitch so far.

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Portugal look to bounce back from that devastating knock straightaway, but Joao Mario's header is tame and easily gathered by Lloris.

French-born Raphael Guerreiro is then alert to clear a dangerous cross.

After Silva shoots just wide, Ronaldo tears off his captain's armband in frustration and signals to Santos on the touchline. He's given it a go, but ultimately that knee injury looks too severe. A seismic blow for Portugal.

The tears flow once again as he is stretchered off after 25 minutes to a hearty round of applause from all sides of the Stade de France. That's a nice touch, regardless of your opinion of the player.

Another experienced head in Quaresma comes on.

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Ronaldo gingerly jogs back onto the pitch sporting a bandage. He is at least going to try and push through the pain barrier on this most momentous of occasions.

Meanwhile, Sissoko cuts infield and shrugs off the attention of Nani before producing a vicious strike that is deflected behind. Hugo Lloris claims the corner.

Portugal attack with 10 men as their physio team desperately try and patch up Ronaldo and get him back on. Is he going to be OK after all?

After another Portuguese pass goes astray, Ronaldo sinks to the turf in tears as it becomes painfully apparent that he will not be able to continue.

This is absolutely heartbreaking for the skipper, who would have been desperate to avenge that Euro 2004 defeat at the hands of Greece on home soil.

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Ronaldo is still not moving particularly well on that knee and he looks somewhat reluctant to put any real weight on it.

It would be an enormous task for Portugal to win this without him.

Two chances for France in quick succession as Rui Patricio back-pedals to tip a looping Griezmann header over the crossbar.

From the corner, Giroud sends his effort straight at the Sporting goalkeeper. Portugal need to settle down a bit here.

A nation holds its collective breath as Ronaldo goes down in a heap after a robust challenge from Payet. It looks like a clash of knees that has left the Portuguese captain in considerable discomfort.

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Nani takes the first shot in anger, drifting in beyond Laurent Koscielny to lash a right-footed effort over the crossbar after a searching ball forward from Cedric. That was a chance.

At the other end, Pogba skies a wild volley and Griezmann fires well wide from a tricky angle.

A sloppy overhit pass from Carvalho hands France an incentive and Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte, winning just his 16th cap aged 32, heads clear Payet's cross. Pogba then shows great strength to win back possession for his side.

A tense first few minutes in Saint-Denis.

Here we go then. Clattenburg, who has already taken charge of the FA Cup and Champions League finals over recent weeks, gets the Euro 2016 showpiece underway.

Let's hope for a game to remember.

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French DJ and record producer extraordinaire David Guetta has been doing his thing in the centre circle again tonight. If that doesn't get rid of those moths, then nothing will.

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It's time for the national anthems. We expect this rendition of La Marseillaise will be particularly special...

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Santos, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on the specific threats that face his team in front of what is sure to be a partisan crowd.

I've said before that our objective was to play in the final and win it. We have great belief because we want to make the Portuguese people happy. We want to give them something to celebrate.

I don't think there's any point discussing the France team. Everyone knows them very well. Right from the beginning I've always said there would be three favourites to win this competition: France, Spain and Germany. And then there were other contenders, including Portugal, who could perhaps also win it.

If we have to pay attention to individuals then we would have to worry about everyone – I would have to list every single name in the France team. They have well-known, top-quality players who play at big teams around the world. Of course, every individual player can make the difference, but Portugal also have a strong team with individual match winners.

I've said many times how much I appreciate and am grateful for all the support we've had every day, not only at the stadiums but on the way there and at Marcoussis [the Portugal training base]. Tomorrow we will need them even more.

Didier Deschamps

French success would see Deschamps follow Berti Vogts and become only the second man to receive a European Championship winners' medal both as a player and manager. He captained Les Bleus to victory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Here's what he has had to say ahead of tonight's finale:

We have this opportunity to become European champions. Whether you're 18, 20 or much older, there's a chance to win a title and we need to seize it without thinking about what might happen in the future. The players know they're privileged to be playing the final at home in Paris.

We haven't had a chance to work on tactics since the semi-final. It's all been about recovering from that match, but I'm confident my players will be ready for this huge game.[My win as a player in 2000] belongs to the past. This is their story. I'm a part of it, of course, because I'm the coach. I use it to my advantage, the fact I've won major competitions as a player; that helps me, but I never talk about the past. What matters now is the present and the future.

Portugal have a lot of quality and it's no accident they're here. Like us, they were criticised at the start of the tournament. Like us, they are now in the final. They are an experienced team who can alter their system to deal with opponents. Their defensive triangle is solid. They don't try to win the ball back high up the pitch, but try to break quickly with their two quick players up front.

Despite Iceland's heroics and that fairytale Welsh run to the final four, most feel that this expanded 24-team competition has often been found wanting in terms of genuine excitement.

How fitting it would be, then, if Portugal were to finally break their major tournament duck here after so many near misses. Santos' side, constructed very much in his image, retain an unpopular reputation for producing a rather tedious and no frills style of football that is directly at odds with some of the superb individual attacking talents that they have churned out over the years.

With a curious squad made up of ageing players and young up-and-coming stars, they have won just once at Euro 2016 within 90 minutes, drawing all three group games against limited opposition and only edging past Croatia courtesy of Ricardo Quaresma's extra-time winner after a truly dire spectacle in Lens.

The lottery of penalties accounted for Poland before key duo Ronaldo and Nani assured villain status for preventing Wales from going all the way to the final.

A grotesque pale green away strip does little for their cause, either....

Central to their hopes of overcoming this final hurdle is Griezmann. For all the talk of Pogba emulating and indeed emerging as the rightful heir to Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane, it is the affable Macon-born Atletico Madrid forward, of Portuguese descent on his mother's side, who has stolen the show.

It was his late header that rescued victory against Albania in Group A and he also came to the fore with a quickfire second-half double that turned the last-16 tie with the Republic of Ireland on its head. He later netted an impudent chip in the 5-2 quarter-final demolition of Iceland and took his tally to six with a vital brace in the defeat of Germany.

Only a hat-trick from Ronaldo or Nani tonight would threaten his place as Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament winner. They are both currently on three.

Antoine Griezmann
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For France, victory tonight would help to lift the spirits of a nation that have had so much to contend with over recent months. The shocking terrorist attacks of November 2015 led to a state of emergency that remains in force and the capital was later subject to flooding after torrential, non-stop rain that saw the River Seine burst its banks and reach its highest level for 34 years.

Protests and riots to oppose unpopular reforms to labour laws, fuel shortages and further concerns over terrorism have combined to paint the picture of a country in the midst of turmoil. While no-one is foolish enough to suggest that winning a football match can erase all of their problems, it can at least provide a bit of relief and cheer.

Many present at the Stade de France tonight are bemoaning a sudden invasion of moths. English referee Mark Clattenburg and chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina are being blighted by the persistent insects as they carry out their pre-match checks on the goal-line technology.

Uefa also appear to be expecting some rather surprising weather conditions, with "snow" listed at the bottom of their official teamsheet. Pleasant conditions and a current temperature of 29 degrees in Paris would suggest otherwise....


The two Portugal changes are expected, with experienced head coach Fernando Santos electing to restore both Pepe and William Carvalho at the expense of Alves and Danilo.

It's a 4-1-3-2 formation in principle and involves Carvalho sitting in front of the defence. Adrien Silva pushes further forward behind Ronaldo and Nani, flanked either side by Joao Mario and Renato Sanches.


No changes from France. Matuidi and the fleetingly brilliant Pogba continue their central midfield partnership, with Sissoko out right and Dimitri Payet left in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Antoine Griezmann, the tournament's top scorer and most impressive figure, will have license to roam menacingly behind Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

Portugal XI to face France: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Mario, Adrien Silva, Renato Sanches, Ronaldo (c), Nani

France XI to face Portugal: Lloris (c), Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Mautidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Payet, Griezmann, Giroud

The teams are in...

As for Portugal, Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho is available again after serving his one-match suspension for picking up two yellow cards. His replacement against Wales, FC Porto's Danilo, will likely return to the bench.

Influential centre-back and professional wind-up merchant Pepe also declared himself fit to start in a press conference yesterday having missed the semi-final clash due to a thigh problem. He has come through training unscathed and will surely replace Bruno Alves.

Aside from their pre-tournament flurry of centre-back issues that saw Raphael Varane, Jeremy Mathieu and Mamadou Sakho all ruled out of contention, France have been very fortunate with injuries over the last three weeks and once again have no new fitness concerns to contend with before kick-off.

With Samuel Umtiti having produced a performance of real class in the semi-final defeat of world champions Germany, there is no question that Barcelona's new €25m recruit should keep his place ahead of Adil Rami in a bid to shackle the significant threat of enduring Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

N'Golo Kante

Didier Deschamps' only real decision comes in midfield, where he will have to decide whether or not to recall tireless Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante. Moussa Sissoko would be incredibly unfortunate to miss out after impressing on the right flank in Marseille, but Blaise Matuidi could potentially be vulnerable after failing to register much of an impact alongside Paul Pogba.

An unchanged Les Bleus XI seems the safest bet.

After 50 matches, 107 goals and no shortage of upsets, unlikely heroes and contentious talking points, Uefa Euro 2016 officially draws to a close tonight as hosts France attempt to provide brief respite for the country following a torrid few months and join Germany and Spain as the only three-time winners of the competition with a final meeting against dour and pragmatic Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Henri Delaunay Trophy

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