Ronaldo-less Portugal beat France 1-0 to win Euro 2016

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Ronaldo-less Portugal beat France 1-0 to win Euro 2016

Portugal overcame the loss of injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat France, 1-0, in the European Championship final on Sunday, with a goal in extra time from substitute Eder securing their country's first football title.

I actually thought Portugal played the final perfectly; they allowed France to dominate the ball and do little with it, then they took the opportunity which came their way. They have quality and ability, along with our coach's strategy to win.I've always said I wanted to win a trophy with the national team and make history.

Richard Fox, from the Butterfly Conservation society, said the insects were migrating through France to northern Europe in search of new breeding grounds when the venue's powerful lights drew them inside. "But for the moment I'm thinking about my teammates. I'll need some time to digest this, just like the players".

"Cristiano could score at any moment and sort everything out on his own, but I always said we are a team - we win as a team", Santos added.

The victory at Stade de France saw Portugal taste continental glory 12 years after they were stunned as hosts at the final hurdle, losing out in the Euro 2004 showpiece to Greece.

And the 47-year-old thinks there is more to come from his side, which features plenty of young talent, spearheaded by players such as Player of the Tournament Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. It's cruel to lose a final like that.

An average of only 2.12 goals were scored per game, the lowest figure at the European Championships since Euro 96, some five tournaments ago.

"This time we didn't manage it, unlike against Germany".

"We weren't clinical enough, we weren't cool-headed enough". The boy patted the fan on the arm as they walked off and the man stopped to give him another hug. But unfortunately we lacked what was essential.

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