Ronaldo-less Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 to win Euro 2016 title
Updated: 2016-07-11 07:24
Portugal's Eder celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game in extra time. [Photo/Agencies]
The statistics showed that France gained the upper hand with 56 percent ball possession and 7 on-target shots. But Portugal keeper Rui Patricio performed brilliantly to deny the hosts' willingness to win the battle in 90 minutes.
The tough duel witnessed six yellow cards for Portugal and four for the hosts.
This is the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. France have won the previous three, all in semifinals -- Euro 1984, Euro 2000 and the 2006 World Cup.
Portugal put in a defensive masterclass to deny the French the trophy on home soil. Fernando Santos' side, who have developed a flair for the dramatics, win their third match of the tournament in extra-time, after playing out to a sixth draw in seven games at Euro 2016.