Portugal defeated hosts France 1-0 in extra time Sunday night courtesy of a 109th minute strike from Eder in Saint-Denis to win the 2016 European Championship.
Portugal who are seeking their first shot at the title had to become European kings and earn a place in the 2017 FIFA Confderations Cup as the European representatives without influential captain Cristiano Ronaldo who came off the first half after an innocous challenge from Dimitri Payet.
Both sides came close to snatching victories with Nani (Portugal) and Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud (France) the closest to breaking the deadlock.
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko had an impressive performance but was perhaps unlucky to be involved somewhat in the build up to Portugal’s goal.
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.
An injured Ronaldo was animated on the touchline as he ditched instructions alongside coach Fernando Santos and acted team psychologist as he motivated his teammates with a heavily strapped knee.
Portugal’s Renato Sanchez was named the SOCAR Young Player of the Tournament while the Golden Boot was won by Antoine Griezmann with six goals.