Euro Finals - Pick Your Favourite!
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Defender Pepe and midfielder William Carvalho have returned to the Portugal side against hosts France who have named an unchanged team.
Pepe, who missed the semi-final against Wales through injury, was passed fit to return in place of Bruno Alves alongside Jose Fonte at the centre of the defence. William Carvalho, suspended against Wales, was chosen ahead of Danilo as the holding player in midfield.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani will lead the Portuguese attack as usual. Something that might have the French fans a bit nervous. Rohan Pathan is at the French Embassy in the capital and he’s getting us all the latest from the fans in Blue.
France coach Didier Deschamps named an unchanged team for the third game running with an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.
Samuel Umtiti will again partner Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defence instead of Adil Rami with Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba playing in front of the back four.
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Samuel Umtiti, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.
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24th Min: Injured Ronaldo Subbed
Cristiano Ronaldo is being taken off on a stretcher. There are tears.
After being tackled by Dimitri Payet earlier in the game, the Portugal skipper returned to the middle with a bandaged knee, only to go down again.
He’s handed his captain’s armband to Nani and been replaced by Ricardo Quaresma.
Hosts France Driving the Show
France have dominated the first 15 minutes of the final with tournament top scorer Antoine Griezmann sending in a looping header that forced an athletic diving save from Rui Patricio.
Despite France pressing forward early, Nani had the first serious shot on goal in the fourth minute, running onto a long pass by Cedris Soares but firing over Hugo Lloris’ goal.
But after that it was all France.
Moussa Sissoko blazed a volley a long way over the bar in the sixth minute and a minute later Griezmann fired wide after more good work by Sissoko put him clear behind the Portugal defense.
0-0 at Half Time
45 minutes of the Euro 2016 final are up and Portugal are one star down. Cristiano Ronaldo will be watching this one from the sidelines after being stretchered off in the 25th minute.
The teams are tied at 0-0.
French midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been the one big threat to Portugal’s title hopes so far in the match - some powerful runs from the midfielder culminated in a close shot in the 34th minute. Rui Patricio though managing to keep things level.
Rohan Pathan is reporting (read:enjoying) the match from the French Embassy in Delhi to get us some live reactions.
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France Stay in Control, But Goalless
The second half has begun with host France still dominant and pushing for the opening goal, but Portugal, even without its injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo, occasionally looking dangerous on the counterattack.
France coach Didier Deschamps was forced to make a change in the 58th min, taking off Dimitri Payet and adding Kingsley Coman to try and inject more pace on the flank.
France failed to mount a serious challenge on Rui Patricio’s goal early in the half, with Paul Pogba’s long-range effort sailing harmlessly over the bar and Antoine Griezmann’s shot from the left easily saved by the Portugal goalkeeper.
A fan ran onto the pitch early in the second half. The man, who was wearing a white shirt, was quickly tackled by stewards and dragged off the ground.
Chances Wasted, Extra Time Awaited
Tournament top scorer Antoine Griezmann missed probably the clearest chance of the final in the 66th minute when he shook off defender Raphael Guerreiro in the penalty area and leapt to meet a cross from the left by Kingsley Coman, but could not keep his header down and saw it fly over the bar.
A few minutes later, Olivier Giroud then saw his powerful shot saved by Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who is on outstanding form.
France and Portugal will play extra time after their European Championship final ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
While Griezmann has missed a handful, Portugal rarely threatened. The home keeper Hugo Lloris was brought into play only as late as the 80th minute when he had to block a Nani cross. Soon after though the skipper’s class was on show - a spectacular effort on the rebound by Ronaldo’s replacement, Ricardo Quaresma was also denied.
France’s best player, Moussa Sissoko unleashed a powerful long-range drive in the 84th minute, but Rui Patricio again got down well to block the shot. Their best chance came in stoppage time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac hit the post.
Portugal on The Board!
Eder has finally broken the deadlock in the 109th minute of the final, giving Portugal a 1-0 lead over France.
He cut inside from the left, brushed off a challenge by Laurent Koscielny and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 meters.
15 Mins Up Of Extra Time
The first period of extra time has seen no celebrations. William Carvalho snuffed out a promising French attack in the 97th minute by bringing down Kingsley Coman, earning a yellow card from referee Mark Clattenburg.
The best chance of the half though fell to Portugal’s Eder, with his close-range effort being saved by Hugo Lloris following a corner.
One Goal to The Title
That’s it. The Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal manage to beat hosts France by one loan goal to be crowned the 2016 European Champions.
It was Eder’s long-range shot that beat the dive of France captain Hugo Lloris and bagged Portugal’s first-ever major tournament.
Eder shook off Laurent Koscielny and fired a low, right-foot shot to break French hearts in the 109th minute after the match at the Stade de France had ended level at 0-0 after 90 minutes.
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