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  • Portugal win Euro 2016 Final

    Portugal are the new European football champions after overcoming France in extra time in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday July 10, 2016.

    Portugal have won Euro 2016

    Ronaldo and his compatriots now replace Spain as the latest European champions.

    Portugal secured their first major tournament title in dramatic fashion at the Stade de France on July 10, 2016.

    They beat the host nation and match favourites, France, 1-0 to win Euro 2016. And incredibly, they were able to do so despite Cristiano Ronaldo coming off injured early in the contest.

    Portuguese substitute, Eder, scored the only goal of the game in the second half of extra time (109). The striker, who came on for Renato Sanches, fired low in to the bottom corner from 25 yards.

    Portugal were able to withstand the late France pressure, and could have even scored again themselves. Portuguese counter attacks only failed to result in further goals thanks to last ditch French defending.

    With their victory, Portugal have also ended a winless streak against the French which dates back to 1975.

    The champions have astoundingly won only one of their Euro 2016 games (2-0 vs Wales) in normal time.

    They drew all three group stage matches, vs Iceland (1-1), Austria (0-0), and Hungary (3-3) respectively. Ricardo Quaresma then scored in the final minutes of extra time against Croatia, before his side beat Poland on penalties in the quarter finals.

    Ronaldo inspired his team to victory over Gareth Bale and Wales in the semi-finals. And Portugal did it again in the final, scoring in extra time to break French hearts.

    Ronaldo and his compatriots now replace Spain, who won the 2012 edition of the tournament, as the latest European champions.

    What Next in International Football

    The attentions of International football teams will now turn to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    32 teams will compete in the tournament, and the next qualifying match day will take place in September 2016.

    Germany will be hoping to retain the title they won in Brazil 2014. If successful, it will be a record equalling 5th FIFA World Cup title for the Germans, tying with Brazil.

    Italy will also be hoping to secure their 5th World Cup triumph at the tournament in Russia, 2018.

    Portugal meanwhile, will be seeking to become both World and European champions after their Euro 2016 success. If so, it will be their first World Cup win. Can they do it?

    Keiran is an English graduate with a passion for writing and a love for music, sports, and his two dogs. He enjoys listening to Bhangra and R&B, as well as playing various sports. Keiran says: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

    Images courtesy of the official Seleções de Portugal Facebook page


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