Video: Eder wins EURO 2016 for Portugal with extra time goal

Portugal are the new European Champions thanks to a single goal from Eder in the 109th minute of the final against France.

The striker was introduced to the game on 79 minutes as a replacement for impressive youngster Renato Sanches, and scored with a clinical right foot shot that gave Hugo Lloris no chance.

 

Portugal faced an uphill battle when they lost talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo to a knee injury on 25 minutes, however they stuck to their system as France huffed and puffed in front of goal.

Ronaldo was the subject of a robust challenge from Dimitri Payet and despite a couple of attempts to play on, he was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma and gradually became a prominent influence on the sidelines.

Both sides struck the woodwork – Alain-Pierre Gignac found the base of the post from close range for France, while Portuguese full back Raphael Guerreiro hit the crossbar with a free kick.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who played more minutes at the tournament than anybody else, made a number of quality saves to preserve his side’s clean sheet.

With penalties looming large in the second half of extra time, it was Swansea City misfit Eder who stepped up to fire home the winning goal.

Portugal’s win will make up for the disappointment of 12 years ago when they were the host nation and lost 1-0 in the final to Greece.

For reaction and analysis of the EURO 2016 Final, have a listen to our latest podcast.

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