Ronaldo-less Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 to win Euro 2016 title
Updated: 2016-07-11 07:24
Portugal's Eder scores the only goal of the Euro 2016 final at Stade de Frace, Paris, July 10, 2016.[Photo/Agencies]
SAINT DENIS, France -- Ronaldo-less Portugal, which had never won any major soccer tournament title, upset hosts France 1-0 in the extra time of the breathtaking Euro 2016 final on Sunday night.
In the history-making triumph, it was substitute forward Eder, who rarely scores for the national team, took a pass from Joao Moutinho in the 109th minute, cut onto his right, and unleashed the perfect strike towards the near-corner. France keeper and captain Hugo Lloris made a stretch but still failed to touch the ball.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the talisman of the Portuguese team, got an injury only seven minutes into the game when French midfielder Dimitri Payet put in a challenge on him, and caught him with the follow-through, bringing play to a halt.