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Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the European Championship trophy after his side beat France 1-0

Portugal wins first European title against France without Ronaldo,


Substitute Eder scored in extra-time to give Portugal a 1-0 win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday as they secured their first major international title despite losing captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off injured in tears just 25 minutes into Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against France in Paris.

France's forward Dimitri Payet and team mates arrive to receive their runners-up medals
France’s forward Dimitri Payet and team mates arrive to receive their runners-up medals

Portugal beat a French side who found new inspiration from Griezmann — the tournament’s leading scorer with six goals who was willed on by a nation longing to rediscover the feel-good factor.

Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle
Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle

Portugal have this man to thank for their victory; Eder came off the bench to score the winner
Portugal have this man to thank for their victory; Eder came off the bench to score the winner

Centre-back Pepe returned from injury and William Carvalho from suspension as Portugal made two changes to their starting XI for Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against France. France coach Didier Deschamps kept faith with the team that beat Germany 2-0 in the last four..

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