Sunday, July 10, 2016

Ronaldo-less Portugal Upset France in Euro 2016 final to win first major title

Eder, Portugal, France, Football, soccer

No Cristiano Ronaldo? No problem! Even though Cristiano Ronaldo have to leave the field early in the first half with a knee injury Portugal found a way to upset the heavily favored French. Portugal which just won one of its 7 games in France during regulation, won the European Championship with a 1-0 extra-time win over the hosts on Sunday, thanks to a late, long strike from Eder.

“We said we would win it for him,” Portugal defender Pepe said of Ronaldo. “And we managed to win it for him.”

The French were unrelenting with their pressure against Portugal that forced them to make mistakes from their very first possession. Portugal could not even hold on possession for more than a pass or two. Basically, France got most of the possession of the first-half. Unfortunately for France they could not convert its first-half dominance into a goal. Portugal was able to slow the game in the second half, which became something of a stalemate. France shift their rabid play in the first half for more methodical attacks. But Portugal were able to contain them.

The French did find an opening, in the 109th minute, Eder surprisingly was left with too much room to shoot in a quick transition outside the box. He let loose and snuck a bouncer past Lloris.

Eder said after the game “He (Ronaldo) told me I was going to score the winning goal.”

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