Euro Glory For Por­tu­gal

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo wept with sad­ness and joy as sub­sti­tute Eder’s ex­tra-time goal saw Por­tu­gal beat hosts France 1-0 yes­ter­day’s Euro 2016 fi­nal to win their first ma­jor tour­na­ment.

Ron­aldo was stretchered off in the first half af­ter be­ing in­jured by Dim­itri Payet, but re­turned to the touch­line to see Eder’s long range strike set­tle the game at Stade de France. “It was not the fi­nal I wanted, but I am very happy,” Ron­aldo said. “It is a tro­phy for all the Por­tuguese, for all im­mi­grants, all the peo­ple who be­lieved in us, so I am very happy and very proud.” Por­tu­gal cen­tre-back Pepe, voted the man of the match, said: “We said we would win it for him and we man­aged to do that.” Twelve years af­ter los­ing 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, Por­tu­gal in­flicted the same fate on France, who were seek­ing a cathar­tic vic­tory eight months on from the Paris attacks that left 130 peo­ple dead. France coach Di­dier Deschamps had hoped to lead his coun­try to a fourth ma­jor tour­na­ment win, and third on home soil af­ter Euro 1984 and the 1998 World Cup, when he was cap­tain. But it was Por­tu­gal skip­per Ron­aldo who hob­bled up the steps to lift the tro­phy be­neath a shower of sil­ver tick­er­tape. Daily Tele­graph

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